Microgrids Distributed Power Generation
Delivering Energy Independence with Cogeneration Systems
Microgrids are distributed energy solutions that supply reliable, clean energy to discrete geographic footprints. Typically comprised of a variety of power generating sources, such as solar, wind, batteries and generators, microgrids are growing in appeal as end-users seek new ways to obtain clean and reliable power. Reliable energy systems that provide power resilience with independence from the utility grid are particularly in demand.
In the first quarter of 2021, twenty U.S. states collectivity introduced more than 70 microgrid-related bills to motivate the adoption of this innovative technology.
Microgrid Market by End-Use
- Commercial & Industrial
- Institutes & Campuses
The Role of Cogeneration Systems
Cogeneration (CHP) systems can operate on-demand, day or night, and be controlled to match the electrical loads of the facility. CHP an ideal solution to supply secure baseload power to a microgrid and act as a grid-forming power source for intermittent solar energy to follow when the utility is down. Heat recovery from the CHP system can also provide an essential source of heat for a critical facility. The combination of supplying both power and heat increases the overall efficiency of the microgrid, lowering carbon footprint and operating costs. Microgrids are the clean, resilient energy solution for the country’s power needs.
TEDOM is the CHP manufacturer with over 8,000 units delivered worldwide, and Kinsley is your project development partner to sew it all together.
Kinsley has several CHP projects with the key microgrid feature of providing clean power independent from the local electric utility.
Vanguard Renewables food and farm waste anaerobic digester
This new anaerobic digester facility is entirely off-grid, powered by an 800 kW TEDOM CHP system and an 800 kW Kohler standby backup generator. Kinsley and TEDOM worked closely with the client’s engineering team to analyze and demonstrate that the gas-fueled CHP system is capable of supporting the large, dynamic electrical loads of the facility. The Kohler genset automatically picks up the loads when the CHP system is offline for routine maintenance.
Other Kinsley projects with island-mode electrical operation include a 3.5 MW cannabis cultivation facility in Pennsylvania and a 1.65 MW installation at a historic high-rise building in Manhattan.