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10. Micro-grids

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.

Local microgrid, the Sendai Microgrid, located on the campus of Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai City, Japan

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.


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Image credit: NTT Facilities, Tokyo, 2006


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