Sustainable technology buildings and localized business parks are taking advantage of smart microgrid technology. Large power plant systems can be costly and unreliable. A smart microgrid system takes the same concepts of a large power grid design and scales everything down to accommodate a small, local business park or campus. There are many applications for a smart microgrid installation, which come with sustainable benefits. Below, we will examine how smart microgrids work and their several benefits they can bring to your next building project.
What is a smart microgrid?
A microgrid takes the concept of a large electricity center and shrinks the technology to a small scale and modern package. The purpose of a microgrid is to only meet the specific needs of the small community it is designed for. This can take any form such as a business park, college campus, or military base. Just like in the bigger version, a smart microgrid is able to create electricity, distribute the electricity appropriately to the buildings within the community, and then regulate the amount of electricity to the end consumers.
What are the benefits of using a smart microgrid?
There are several benefits packed into such a small system. Smart microgrids are the first basic steps to creating a perfect power plant.
● Reliable. Because smart microgrids are designed to serve a local community, they do not rely on the large power center to provide electricity. With changing weather patterns and increasing frequency of powerful storms, smart microgrids can help prevent blackouts and keep electricity service uninterrupted in small communities. Within the smart microgrid itself, there are many automations, smart switches, and smart technologies to make these systems very reliable.
● Smaller Carbon Footprint. Smart microgrids are incredibly flexible when it comes to the types of renewable energy sources they can use. Most smart-grids can use wind or solar to generate power where many conventional larger grids have difficulty converting these energy sources to usable electricity.
● Economical. Unlike large power grids, micro smart-grids allow consumers to produce power when they need it the most. By producing energy in real-time, it avoids paying for electricity from a larger power plant at peak times. This helps to dramatically reduce cost. It is also possible to sell excess energy produced locally in the microgrid to the large power grid.
At Gausman and Moore, we have experience designing and implementing micro smart-grid systems into local business communities or parks. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of sustainable design and are eager to implement more micro smart-grids into new building designs. If you are interested in adding a smart microgrid to your new project, contact us today. You can speak with an experienced team to learn more about these cutting edge systems.