Concord Engineering executive: Industrial microgrid market booming

July 5, 2022
Michael Fischette, CEO of Concord Engineering, discusses the future of microgrids, including the growing adoption of the technology for industry.

Michael Fischette, CEO of Concord Engineering, sees nothing but good news for the future of the microgrid market. He sat down with Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, during the Microgrid 2022 conference to explain why.

“We see microgrids popping up everywhere, in every sector, whether it’s health care or military or city microgrids. And now what I’m really excited about is the birth of a real awareness of industrials,” Fischette says. “The private industrials are now really looking at microgrids and it’s very, very exciting.”

Fischette says that this growth in the industrial and manufacturing sector is being driven by two key factors: the need for resilience and decarbonization demands. He says that resilience for today’s industrial operations means using multiple fuels and multiple technologies, not just connecting to the grid like they’ve done in the past. “They’re looking for multi distributed energy resource systems,” he says.

Fischette also says he’s pleased to see more awareness of the potential of the nation’s natural gas infrastructure. “We have to really think about the natural gas infrastructure,” Fischette says. “Not the natural gas itself, but the infrastructure. Those pipelines can be completely decarbonized. A decarbonized (electric) grid will never be resilient.”

Diversity will be key to future energy resilience, according to Fischette, and that diversity includes hydrogen. “Some states are very aggressive with blue hydrogen — making hydrogen from natural gas — and then using carbon capture,” Fischette says. He adds that in the coming decades he hopes to see hydrogen flowing through the existing natural gas infrastructure. To reach our decarbonization and resiliency goals, Fischette says, “you just have to take on every technology you can and embrace it.”

Learn more about how the microgrid market is changing by viewing Microgrid 2022: Microgrids as Climate Heroes. Videos of each session will be available for free as part of the Microgrid Knowledge video library

About the Author

Kathy Hitchens | Special Projects Editor

I work as a writer and special projects editor for Microgrid Knowledge. If you’re presenting at a Microgrid Knowledge conference, you can expect to hear from me at some point! I have over 25 years of writing experience, working with a variety of companies in the entertainment, education, and financial industries. For the past five years, I’ve focused exclusively on recreational vehicles, electric vehicles, and the renewable energy industry, where I’ve written about utilities, solar, and wind energy companies (I like to keep things diverse!). I have a BFA in Media Arts from the University of Arizona and a MBA from the University of Denver.

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