The International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRÉ) defines microgrids as electricity distribution systems containing loads and distributed energy resources, (such as distributed generators, storage devices, or controllable loads) that can be operated in a controlled, coordinated way either while connected to the main power network or while islanded.
In practice, the term is used to identify a wide array of situations from a remote village in a developing country with diesel generators and no electricity grid in the area to university campuses in developed countries with many megawatts of average demand and tight integration with the electric utility covering their geographic area.
Several trends – the increasing severity of storms and therefore outages, the rise of renewable generation, the increasing focus on carbon reduction and the fluctuating price of oil – are driving increased interest in microgrid development across a variety of customers from entire islands to the MUSH market (military, universities, schools and hospitals/first responders) to commercial and industrial customers seeking resiliency, power quality or cost reduction.
Doosan GridTech’s general-purpose, distributed control platform is well suited to managing microgrids. Our market focus is on customers where energy storage features prominently and where utility integration is valued.