What's small, hybrid and flexible?
Direct current helps us to harness renewable energy sources and to increase the use of electric vehicles, LEDs and other DC loads. Unfortunately connecting distributed DC-generated electricity to the AC legacy infrastructure often means multiple – and inefficient – conversions.
Advanced hybrid microgrids offer a flexible way of dealing with this. Our project – TIGON – is designing such a system. Despite the Covid pandemic preventing us from meeting physically, we've been able to map the advantages and challenges of microgrids. Interestingly, it's not all about the technology, but also about regulations and standards. In this newsletter you can learn more about this mapping.
Drawing on this groundwork, we're currently developing a physical grid architecture and management software for the future rollout of demonstration cases one in France, the other in Spain. Stay tuned as we gear up to this key stage in the project.
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The TIGON team