Microgrid solution for the utilities sector
ABB and Rolls-Royce have partnered to offer an energy-efficient microgrid solution for the utility, commercial and industrial sectors. The partnership will integrate digital technology and hybrid power systems, which incorporate renewable energy sources, to create a microgrid solution that delivers a reliable power supply while reducing costs and carbon emissions.
Microgrids combine power from distributed energy generation sources such as combined heat and power plants, diesel- and gas-powered gensets and renewable sources with batteries. The microgrid provides the overall control to coordinate these resources to meet the requirements of industrial, residential or consumer loads.
Microgrids can be connected to the main power grid or can function off grid — an important function for continuing power supply in the event of a potential grid fault or emergency situation.
Microgrids enable a resilient power supply despite high penetration of intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, and digital automation and control systems coordinate the distribution of energy resources and loads for the microgrid to function efficiently.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems CEO Andreas Schell commented, “Due to the transformation towards decarbonisation, customers need to pursue sustainable power options that also deliver utmost profitability. For this, we rely primarily on microgrids, which are autonomous energy supply systems that are efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly.
“Combining our integrated MTU diesel and gas genset system technology and our control solutions with ABB’s modular microgrid solution, control capability and remote service will offer customers the combined strengths of the two world leaders in technology.”
Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s grid automation business line, also commented on the partnership: “ABB Ability e-mesh can ensure a stable power grid, even with a high share of renewable energy from various sources, working smoothly together with already installed gas or diesel engines.
“ABB has a vast number of microgrid installations globally, and through our partnership with Rolls-Royce Power Systems we will further support the growing interest for microgrid solutions globally.”
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