Smart Energy Technologies & Energy Storage
Most microgrids deployed today are entirely custom designed, requiring contractors to start from square one for each system component. This degree of customization drives up the cost and time required for design and installation and represents a prohibitive obstacle for greater adoption by commercial and industrial customers looking for resilient, reliable microgrid solutions. Soft costs associated with engineering, construction and commissioning of microgrid systems make up as much as 43 percent of the total cost per megawatt for commercial and industrial customers, according to an October 2018 report by the National Renewable Energy Lab and Navigant Research. In February 2019, leading microgrid innovator Go Electric unveiled a controls-enabled switchgear, developed in response to the commercial and industrial sector’s need for cost and time reductions in the designing and installing of microgrid systems. As the foundational “hub” of commercial and industrial microgrids, the scalable switchgear, called Hive, houses patented microgrid controls and integrates up to 31 different distributed energy resources at a centralized point of control functionality. By integrating systems’ DERs in an accessible, pre-engineered cabinet, the Hive simplifies the installation and commissioning of commercial and industrial systems, cutting overall costs and reducing installation time. In this presentation, Go Electric Chief Technical Officer Tony Soverns will discuss how and why he and his team developed the Hive microgrid control-enabled switchgear, explaining the commercial and industrial sector’s need for more replicable and simplified microgrid design and architecture. Tony will demonstrate how the design of the Hive reduces system engineering costs and streamlines installation and commissioning timelines. Tony will also reflect on lessons and experiences from utilizing the Hive as part of a complete microgrid offering. The session will provide attendees with a better understanding of how simplified, replicable microgrid design can help overcome cost and technical barriers for commercial and industrial customers and offer opportunities for greater microgrid adoption in these sectors.