Microgrids are moving beyond military applications. They now cater to a range of consumer segments – commercial & industrial, institutional, community and remote. They can use multiple sources of on-site power and may incorporate elements of demand side management, RE, as well as energy storage.
In developing countries, Microgrids hold promise of supplying electricity to communities and locations that are not yet linked to the conventional grid.
One of the largest initiatives in microgrid is a 42 MW microgrid at UC San Diego uses solar PV, fuel cells and natural gas generators. Together, these address 90% of power requirement at its 1,200 acre campus.
Shailesh is post graduate in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute (FRI) University, Dehradun, India. Presently he is working in the areas of Environmental and Renewable Energy Advisory Services. He has started GreenCleanGuide.com during his college days.