Island Microgrids to the pacific
Island Microgrids to the pacific
Island Microgrids to the pacific
Island Microgrids to the pacific
Island Microgrids to the pacific

Island Microgrids Power the Pacific

Sept. 1, 2016
Island microgrids are placing self-generated electricity into the hands of local communities – and reworking traditional energy infrastructure from the bottom up.

The switch over to distributed and renewable energy systems is about more than just cutting loose from fossil fuels and embracing new energy sources. The clean energy change-over is demanding new models for electricity generation, and inverting relationships between producers, consumers and infrastructure operators. The monolithic command-and-control grid of the last century is being challenged by the small-scale, community-centric integration of electricity supply, delivery and management services.

Its herald is the microgrid: combining generation, distribution, consumption and storage at a local scale, under the aegis of advanced monitoring, control and automation systems. Island microgrids are placing self-generated electricity into the hands of local communities – and reworking traditional energy infrastructure from the bottom up.

And if Island microgrids are the enabling technology for opening up existing grid infrastructure – bringing new models for distributed energy deployment – then islands are their natural test-beds. With relatively small loads, isolated topologies and ample access to diverse renewable resources, island grids serve as logical starting points for reality-proofing the emerging microgrid technologies.