Microgrids: A sustainable solution make energy grids more resilient

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Microgrids: A sustainable solution make energy grids more resilient

Microgrids: A sustainable solution make energy grids more resilient

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Energy stakeholders have made headway on the feasibility of microgrids as a sustainable energy solution.
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      Quantumrun Foresight
    • January 15, 2022

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    Inclusive energy solutions that incorporate renewables like solar and wind, allow for energy storage, and can be used in areas with limited infrastructure or access, are crucial if countries around the world are expected to achieve their carbon emission reduction goals. This is where microgrids come in. 

    Microgrids have the potential to be a decentralized, self-sustaining solution whereby specific microgrids only serve a small community, a town, or even a building that can't rely on the national or state electricity grid or does not have sufficient access to it. Once established, microgrids could have the potential to enable sustainable, flexible, and accessible energy solutions. 

    Microgrids context

    The need to transition to carbon-neutral energy sources has become a central and widely adopted goal by governments and businesses worldwide. As such, solutions on how to ensure that energy generated from renewables is distributed efficiently as the base level—to homes, universities, and businesses, etc.—are key. Several countries in the United States, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia have already conducted studies on how microgrids could operate and where efficiencies can be created.

    According to a report by an energy systems company based in the Netherlands, it's crucial that, as a society, we transition our linear carbon-based economy into a circular, renewable-based one. In this report, which was funded by the Dutch government, Metabolic assessed the potential for Smart Integrated Decentralized Energy, also known as SIDE systems. These systems are a sustainable and flexible subset of microgrids that could help in transitioning towards the adoption of renewable energy. 

    Disruptive impact

    In establishing several best practices on how the SIDE system could work, the report by Metabolic found that in the most optimal case of its four scenarios, the result could be a techno-economically feasible system that is nearly completely (89%) self-sufficient. And while this is just one proposed solution, and there are still barriers and challenges to making it work, it seems to support the concept of microgrids. 

    These developments could also lead to the establishment of other methods and theories on microgrid best practices, which, in turn, could create job opportunities for renewable energy specialists, installation specialists, engineers, and analysts, especially as microgrids become more widely adopted by the late 2020s. 

    Applications for microgrids

    Microgrids could be used:

    • To power public buildings and utilities in remote areas.
    • To make housing communities more sustainable and self-sufficient, using methods like the SIDE system.
    • At military and defense bases that require autonomous grids.

    Questions to comment on

    • Could microgrids aid in the adoption of sustainable and flexible renewable energy infrastructure? 
    • Would incorporating a SIDE system or other form of microgrid system enhance the sustainability of the energy network in your city, town, or community?

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