A microgrid is a local energy grid that can disconnect from the utility grid to operate independently. It integrates distributed energy sources (including demand management, storage, and generation) and loads capable of operating in parallel with, or independently from, the main power grid. The Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute’s revolutionary smart microgrid demonstrates how an existing electrical infrastructure, integrated with advanced electronics, energy storage, and solar, can provide a platform for smarter and more reliable electrical systems.
The utility-scale NZP ETI microgrid demonstrates five smart grid functions:
- The ability to respond to a demand response signal from the utility by injecting active power into the grid from stored energy and integrating with existing building management systems
- The ability to showcase state-of-the-art inverter technology capable of integrating multiple DC sources and varying voltages to improve efficiency and reliability of renewable sources of energy
- The opportunity to provide a more reliable electrical system by maintaining uninterrupted power during power outages and using solar to sustain the load during daylight hours
- The use of the battery energy storage system to smooth solar production at the local level
- The ability to charge electric vehicles through multiple energy sources including clean renewable (solar), Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), or grid power