Microgrids Have a Key Role to Play in a Low-Carbon Future

2016-12-28 - ABB’s Maxine Ghavi describes how microgrids can improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people, while helping to meet national and global emissions targets. Microgrid Knowledge article - December 6, 2016
Cutting carbon emissions while meeting the growing energy needs of an expanding global population requires innovative, pioneering solutions.

One is microgrids, powered by renewable energy.

These small-scale grids are exceptionally flexible, bringing power to remote communities and facilities that might otherwise have to wait years or even decades for a grid connection. They are also ideal as back-up power sources for grid-connected installations in places prone to power outages.

Microgrids integrate multiple distributed generation sources including conventional diesel and gas, and/or renewables such as solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, hydroelectric, tidal and even thermal schemes like combined heat and power (CHP), together with energy storage. The microgrid provides the overall control to coordinate these resources to meet the requirements of industrial, residential or consumer loads.

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