Energy Transition

Microgrids

Microgrids are self-sufficient stand-alone grids that can help relieve the burden on the large distribution grid. This creates a kind of small grid that supplies connected consumers with electricity from their own generation facilities such as generators, photovoltaic systems, wind turbines and/or biogas plants, and can also stabilize itself through the use of batteries. Such stand-alone grids are very useful for remote locations or plants whose connection to the public grid would require a lot of effort due to the distance - also as a temporary solution or bridging. In addition, there is a growing demand and clear economic advantages for specific grid types that are different from the public grid, e.g., DC grids at ports or mines.

With decarbonization, decentralization, and electrification changing the way energy supply is managed, microgrids will play an increasing role in the new energy landscape.

A fully optimized microgrid ensures power reliability from your onsite generation assets, lowers your energy costs, and reduces your carbon footprint.

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The more green energy, the more important microgrids become

Fluctuating power generation from renewables is one of the biggest challenges of the energy transition. Because generation capacity from wind power and solar plants is not always aligned with citizens' public electricity consumption profiles, gas or coal-fired power plants have to be down-regulated more and more often or wind farms shut down so that the grid is not overloaded. The more renewable energies, the more susceptible the grid is to fluctuations. The temporary switching on and off of conventional power plants causes high costs. Microgrids could help to reduce some of these costs–not only by using the right hardware, but also through intelligent control technology and software solutions.

Energy management systems

A key element of microgrids is not just the integration of local generation sources, but the energy management system, including GE Power Conversion advanced controls to identify and help to optimize available energy supplies with networked power demands.

GE Power Conversion's microgrid solutions can help making a positive contribution to energy sustainability and ensure reliable power supply-tailored exactly to your needs.

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