Greenbuild Features On-Site Microgrid

October 23, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

greenbuildThe 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans features a Net Zero Zone where booths are fully powered by an on-site microgrid including alternate energy generation, storage and distribution.

The Net Zero Zone at Greenbuild includes 1,500 square feet of exhibit space and an outdoor demonstration of typical on-site solar electricity generation that is connected directly to in-building hybrid microgrid storage and distribution.

Designed using EMerge Alliance standards for the hybrid use of alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) power in buildings, the Net Zero Zone showcases the efficiency, reliability and resiliency of hybrid microgrids – systems of local electric power generation, storage and distribution that can operate either in combination with the local utility grid or in isolation from it. Booths in the Net Zero Zone will demonstrate the capability of autonomously operating both on, off and in combination with the local utility grid.

The EMerge Alliance is involved in more than 50 hybrid AC/DC microgrids being tested and demonstrated at sites around the world, including a Steel Orca data center in Princeton, NJ, the NextEnergy Center research facility in Detroit and the State of Michigan’s Treasury building in Flint, Mich.

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