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Distributed Generation

Know how to safely deal with multiple sources of distribution while improving the efficiency and reliability of your grid.

Energy distribution is rapidly changing. In the past, power came from large power plants that could be located miles, or states away, and would then be transferred to your community where your utility distributed it. The direction of power flow is becoming fuzzy. Now power may be coming from your customers and placed back on your system for redistribution.

There are times where generation connections to the distribution system should be stopped so they don’t back-feed the system. If there’s a fault on the distribution system these other sources can feed into the fault which places line workers at risk. Removing too much generation can cause system instability. Knowing the difference when the distributed generation should trip or should stay on-line is what we can help you with. We can assist you with relay settings to accomplish this, if it is your generation. We can also assist municipal utilities with startup testing to prove this.

Encouraging the installation of generation on your distribution system can improve the efficiency and reliability of your grid. You don’t have to generate far away and bring it in. We can help you specify or assist with installing generation systems.

  • Needs study: The main objective is to determine how to achieve a better integration of flexible demand as demand response, energy storages and Smart Grids. We can help you establish the needs for your community to create a reliable system. 
  • Location study: Optimal distributed generation location and sizing for loss minimization and voltage profile optimization is critical to get the most out of your grid. Let us provide you with the data for peak efficiency.
  • Battery backup specification: Sizing and placement of storage will help optimize your energy generation and help provide reliable backups to your distribution. Oversized storage will be too costly to implement. Undersized will be ineffective. We will specify the right system for your needs.
  • Collector systems for wind farms: Once the wind has been converted to mechanical rotating energy and then to electrical energy, it leaves the turbine. Where it goes from there requires the right system to manage power flow. Our team will design the right approach for maximum collection.

Interested in learning more about distributed generation and how it can help make your grid more efficient and reliable?  Contact us to learn more.

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