Microgrids - The Next Energy Grid
The way we power up our businesses, homes and modern lives is about to change for the better in Alberta. Advances in solar power, energy storage, control systems and big data are becoming ubiquitous and unnoticable to the next generation. As more and more microgrids are added to the system, the central power distribution systems that use large plants are going to fade. Not disappear but become less important.
Microgrids are localized grids that allow the parallel use of renewable energy sources while still interfacing with the main electrical grid. The clear winner for Alberta will be the environment, with reduced carbon emission and increased reliability. Business owners also win by saving on energy costs and knowing they are doing the right thing.
The cost of distributed energy production has dropped to the point where individuals can start generating power for their own needs. Solar power in Alberta is a realistic way to integrate renewable energy into a low-carbon, highly reliable energy mix. Backup generators provide self-reliance for continued business systems. Wind and micro-hydro are for speciality niches and locations.
In a modern society, we must rely on each other for all types of needs, goods and services. When it comes to electricity, most industries will never disconnect from the electrical grid. Self-sufficient islands will only be needed for remote installations in Alberta and BC, and are very expensive to run in our northern climate. We create microgrids to integrate new clean technologies with the main energy supply to save money and increase reliability.
Every microgrid is different and needs to be customized for engineering, economics and efficiency. A flexible microgrid will operate seamlessly in the background, saving money and efficiently operate without air pollution.
Please contact our electrical consulting engineers to discuss the potential of creating your own micogrid for your commercial property. We know the history of the electrical supply and how to use new technology to create a low-carbon power source for your building.