Micro grids are essentially smaller scale versions of our traditional power system, consisting of power generation, distribution and typical control technology. However, through closer proximity between and generation and consumption, micro grids can operate at higher efficiency levels and reduce transmission. With further capabilities of being integrated with renewable energy sources, micro grids are becoming a more sustainable and popular option to electrify communities, particularly in rural areas where energy availability is scarce.
Micro grids have the ability to operate independently from larger grid facilities and manage overall generation and power capacity without affecting the integrity of the larger grid. Furthermore, micro grids have the capability to feed power back to the grid during times of grid failure and potential power disruptions.
BENEFITS OF MICRO GRIDS
- Provide a reliable, efficient power source, enabling energy security for both grid operators and end users
- Improve the integration and distribution process with renewable energy sources
- Efficient and cost effective operation
- Capability of integrating with smart grid technology
- Ability to control power quality within local environment
- Reduce carbon emissions by focusing on integrating renewable energy sources and maximizing local energy generation
- Increase participation of the community/end-user
Micro Grid Resources
Kilowatts for Humanity
KiloWatts for Humanity (KWH) has been implementing international rural electrification projects since 2009 and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in January 2015. Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, unified by the common desire to end energy poverty around the world.
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IEEE Smart Village
Integrating sustainable electricity, education, and entrepreneurial solutions to empower off-grid communities.