Month: February 2018

Grid Defection

Grid Defection

Grid Defection

02/28/18

“Can Solar Plus Storage make the grid obsolete?”

 

In the 20th century, back when we were reliant on massive power plants to produce energy, if you wanted to have electricity in your home then you had to sign up an electrical utility. But with the advent of Solar Plus Storage Systems, this might become a thing of the past. Now that people can not only generate but store their own electricity at their home, there is no longer a need to be attached to the grid. In some cases, it’s actually cheaper to become off-grid! As a result, many people are undergoing grid defection and turning to generate their own electricity.

Fault Detection and Diagnostics for Solar Plus Storage Systems

Fault Detection and Diagnostics for Solar Plus Storage Systems

Fault Detection and Diagnostics for Solar Plus Storage Systems

02/27/18

“Can we use fault detection and diagnosis on solar plus storage systems?”

 

In the past, Fault Detection and Diagnostics was typically used in conventional energy power plants. However, with the advent of distributed energy resources, we must take into account how they might fail. As such, Fault Detection and Diagnostics for Solar Plus Storage Systems is becoming an up and coming research topic.

Solar Plus Storage Systems

Solar Plus Storage Systems

Solar Plus Storage Systems

02/26/18

“What is the next phase of standalone solar systems?”

 

Until recently, solar energy was thought to be a simple, stand-alone product. However, with the global proliferation of PV, the frontier of sustainability has been expanded. With the advent of distributed energy resources, it is no longer sufficient to simply generate electricity from renewables but also storage. Here, a very interesting technology called Solar Plus Storage Systems comes into play. Solar Plus Storage Systems are the combination of solar panels and battery storage systems communicating with one another to allow for optimal use of energy generation, whether it be in demand-side response, microgrids, or energy back up.

Grid Modernization

Grid Modernization

Grid Modernization

02/25/18

“What does grid modernization entail?”

 

Around the developed world, the electric grid is collapsing. As such, there are now many new efforts to modernize the electric grid. This entails creating a grid that has a greater resilience to hazards of all types, improved reliability, enhanced security, additional affordability, superior flexibility, and increased sustainability.

Voltage Reduction for the Duck Curve

Voltage Reduction for the Duck Curve

Voltage Reduction for the Duck Curve

02/24/18

“How can we use voltage reduction to help the duck curve?”

 

The duck curve is one of the most pressing issues in renewable energy integration. However, most methods to ameliorate this are usually quite complicated. But how can we use our engineering mindsets to solve this problem? Well, we know that if we were to reduce the voltage that an appliance uses, then its power dissipation will go down. So what if we were to have an automated system where this will occur during peak energy use times? This is the idea behind Voltage Reduction for the Duck Curve and holds a promising future for demand response regulation.

Energy Storage for Grid Frequency Regulation

Energy Storage for Grid Frequency Regulation

Energy Storage for Grid Frequency Regulation

02/23/18

“How can we use energy storage to ensure grid reliability?”
One of the largest challenges facing grid integration is the infamous duck curve. The enormous spike up in electricity during times of low energy generation can wreck pure havoc on the grid. However, how can we use our engineering mindset to solve this problem? Well, what if we were to store excess energy generated, and withdraw it during times of need? This way, we can use Energy Storage for Grid Frequency Regulation!

Energy Storage as a Service

Energy Storage as a Service

Energy Storage as a Service

02/22/18

“How can we turn energy storage into a business?”

 

Traditionally, facilities had only two options for receiving electricity, generating their own or purchasing from a utility. But with the advent of renewable energy and advanced energy storage, this picture is starting to change. Facilities can now enter contracts with organizations to receive energy from energy storage systems. This venture known as Energy Storage as a Service has the potential to generate revenue, create savings, and improve electricity resiliency by providing clean energy at affordable rates

Pull-up Resistors

Pull-up Resistors

Pull-up Resistors

02/21/18

“How can we make sure that buttons on a microcontroller work?”

 

Microcontrollers are the backbone of modern-day mechatronics systems. However, the default circuitry has a serious problem. When a button is not pressed, the input automatically reads ground. This can cause serious misreadings to happen, which can cause the microcontroller to crash! So how can we use our engineering mindset to solve this problem? Well, what if we were to simply add a resistor to the input voltage? This way, when the switch is grounded, we can have the system read “High” instead of ground!

Fuel Injection Systems

Fuel Injection Systems

Fuel Injection Systems

02/20/18

“How exactly is fuel supplied to an ICE vehicle?”

 

Oil is what keeps old-fashioned internal-combustion engine vehicles going. If it wasn’t for a constant supply of this dangerous liquid, then all of the cars on the road would freeze up! However, how exactly is fuel supplied to a vehicle’s internal combustion engine? Well, let’s use our engineering mindsets to find out. An internal combustion engine is housed in a cylinder. And naturally, if we open up ports to this cylinder, then we can let fluids in. So what if we were to create an opening that would allow us to inject fuel when we need it? Well, this is known as a fuel injection system and is one of the most fundamental components of a car system.