Microgrids

The solution for modern-day energy challenges

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Sustainable distributed energy islands

A microgrid is an on-site energy system that supports energy resilience by integrating distributed energy sources and loads into a single controllable solution. It can operate in parallel with, or independently from, the main power grid. Corinex provides flexible, modular, and customized microgrid solutions integrated with an advanced energy management software, GridValue, to monitor, track, and forecast load and generation resources within the microgrid network.

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Microgrids at a glance

The future of energy management

The traditional power grid provides reliable power – most of the time. But when extreme weather conditions or security breaches threaten the grid, the resulting power failure may have serious consequences and could be catastrophic for the smooth operation of essential services (transport, hospitals, etc.). Therefore, more utilities and communities are working together to build resilient and flexible power systems called microgrids, a smart energy mini-grid that operate with, or independently, of the main grid that are capable to meet small-scale needs.

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Small scale
with big impact

Microgrids allow utilities to take a sustainable approach to generate energy and manage energy distribution. By serving as a decentralized energy system, microgrids are independent of the public energy network, they are capable not only of producing electricity, mainly using renewable energies (solar, wind, biomass, etc.), but also of storing energy, and supplying the local area. Compared to central power grids, the microgrid is an innovative, economical, and environmentally friendly alternative that helps to limit costs, save energy, and reduce the installation’s environmental footprint.

Why do microgrids matter

As power demands continue to rise, and energy availability and reliability become a primary focus, utilities, commercial and industrial companies are seeking solutions to ensure they have a reliable, resilient, secure, and economical supply of electricity.

A roof of a building installed with solar panels

Reliable
Resilient
Secure
Sufficient

An open farm field with wind turbines

Reliable

Microgrids are designed to provide uninterrupted, 24/7 power and to balance load demands for an organization with changing power needs.

An array of solar panels on snow

Resilient

Microgrids provide stability for mission-critical structures such as hospitals in severe weather conditions because they are not dependent on traditional grids.

A man examining an array of solar panels

Secure

The distributed generation and smaller sizes make microgrids more secure from both physical and cyber threats.

A white wind turbine on a open field

Sufficient

The utility can forecast and optimize power usage based on real-time statistics and demands, which reduces overall operational cost and carbon-dioxide emissions.

A roof of a building installed with solar panels

Reliable
Resilient
Secure
Sufficient

An open farm field with wind turbines

Reliable

Microgrids are designed to provide uninterrupted, 24/7 power and to balance load demands for an organization with changing power needs.

microgrid solar farm

Resilient

Microgrids provide stability for mission-critical structures such as hospitals in severe weather conditions because they are not dependent on traditional grids.

A man examining an array of solar panels

Secure

The distributed generation and smaller sizes make microgrids more secure from both physical and cyber threats.

A white wind turbine on a open field

Sufficient

The utility can forecast and optimize power usage based on real-time statistics and demands, which reduces overall operational cost and carbon-dioxide emissions.

How do microgrids work

A microgrid co-locates electricity generation and consumption. Unlike the traditional utility grid, which generates electricity in a centralized power plant and delivers it through a series of substations and hundreds of miles of transmission lines, a microgrid generates electricity on-site.

The utility grid

An interconnected system for our everyday power demands

Electricity is generated at central power plants and transported over long distances. Buildings and municipalities connect to this power through a series of substations and transmission lines. With the limited paths for energy to be delivered, thousands of users can be left without power if one part of the grid fails or needs to be repaired during the event of a natural disaster or cyber threat.

In contrast, microgrids can operate autonomously (in "island mode") using local energy sources to generate power for individual buildings or a campus of buildings.

The microgrids

Generating electricity on-site with Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and loads

By using backup diesel generators and distributed renewables, microgrids can incorporate battery systems to store and deploy electricity during outages or peak demands.

Types of microgrids
  • Off-grid/remote - always operate in island mode due to a lack of electrical infrastructure from the utility grid.
  • Grid-connected - a group of interconnected customer loads and distributed energy resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries.
  • Networked/nested - consist of separate distributed energy resources that are connected to the same utility grid circuit segment.

Microgrid Controller

Intelligent system managing the daily operation of microgrids

The self-contained microgrid is managed by intelligent software that automatically switches the facility between the utility grid and the microgrid based on factors such as power reliability and cost efficiency.

Corinex GridValue energy management system provides customized provisioning, management, and near real-time visibility within one single platform, allowing energy distributors to connect, monitor, and control all DERs and optimize operational performance.

The utility grid

An interconnected system for our everyday power demands

Electricity is generated at central power plants and transported over long distances. Buildings and municipalities connect to this power through a series of substations and transmission lines. With the limited paths for energy to be delivered, thousands of users can be left without power if one part of the grid fails or needs to be repaired during the event of a natural disaster or cyber threat.

In contrast, microgrids can operate autonomously (in "island mode") using local energy sources to generate power for individual buildings or a campus of buildings.

The microgrids

Generating electricity on-site with Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and loads

By using backup diesel generators and distributed renewables, microgrids can incorporate battery systems to store and deploy electricity during outages or peak demands.

Types of microgrids
  • Off-grid/remote - always operate in island mode due to a lack of electrical infrastructure from the utility grid.
  • Grid-connected - a group of interconnected customer loads and distributed energy resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries.
  • Networked/nested - consist of separate distributed energy resources that are connected to the same utility grid circuit segment.

Microgrid Controller

Intelligent system managing the daily operation of microgrids

The self-contained microgrid is managed by intelligent software that automatically switches the facility between the utility grid and the microgrid based on factors such as power reliability and cost efficiency.

Corinex GridValue energy management system provides customized provisioning, management, and near real-time visibility within one single platform, allowing energy distributors to connect, monitor, and control all DERs and optimize operational performance.

Managing microgrids

Corinex provides a field-proven, modular, and comprehensive offering that integrates intelligent management software for energy distributors to visualize, monitor, track, and forecast load and generation resources within the microgrid network.

The smarter way of managing microgrids

Corinex GridValue energy management software provides nationwide provisioning and secure connectivity to millions of IoT devices, allowing near real-time visibility, data aggregation, and processing of energy network information. The software's modular architecture can be tailored to meet the deployment needs of each energy distributor, allowing a smooth migration path for future expansions.

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