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Solar PV-fuel cell-microturbine-storage microgrid unveiled in US

A new microgrid has been unveiled this week at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in the US state of Wisconsin.

Built by partners Schneider Electric and engineering firm Faith Technologies, the microgrid features a 200 kW solar PV system, a 30 kW hydrogen fuel cell, a 100 kW lithium-ion battery energy storage system, a 65 kW microturbine and a 60 kW Kohler natural gas generator.

Its output will be used to power the 1672-square-metre nature centre at the heart of the preserve.

Faith Technologies handled the EPC for the project while Schneider contributed the power control centre and a cloud-based software-as-a-service platform, which it said can autonomously configure the resources into a range of different permutations to produce the most cost-effective combination of energy resources available at a given time.

The microgrid is monitored remotely and feeds live data on its performance to a display at Faith Technologiesࢀ™ Innovation Centre in Menasha, Wisconsin.

Schneider Electric said the project will also act as a testing site for microgrid operations, allowing testing and measurement of microgrid technologiesࢀ™ impact in a real-world environment while supporting the nature preserveࢀ™s mission. à‚ 

Mike Jansen, Faith Technologiesࢀ™ CEO, said microgrids ࢀœallow business owners to control one of the top expenses they face today: energy costs.

ࢀœThis microgrid at Bubolz was designed to showcase the wide range of clean energy components that can make up a microgrid. From solar panels to microturbines, weࢀ™re able to customize an energy solution that is tailored to each individual business.ࢀ

And Don Wingate, Schneiderࢀ™s vice-president for strategic customers and microgrid solutions, said the microgrid would offer ࢀœgreater control over energy to achieve [the preserveࢀ™s] goals by optimizing when energy is consumed, produced, or stored.ࢀ