MICROGRIDS

A common formal definition of a microgrid is a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries that acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid.
 

We use this definition as the foundation and build on it through our innovative and holistic approach. We believe that current and newly deployed energy loads, distributed generation, energy storage, and energy trade can deliver much more if they are all addressed and managed as a holistic system.
 

Over the last decade, the sophistication, and with it, the potential, of local energy systems has grown and will continue to do so. In most cases, however, integrating intelligence and automation into the operations of those systems, have lagged behind.
 

Microgrid-Israel (MGI) brings unique skills and know-how to ensure you get the most out of your energy systems, which includes:

  • Better utilization of on-site and purchased power/gas/diesel/bioB

  • Reduced utility bills

  • Resilient operations during power outages

  • Benefit from local energy generation

Our offering is not about reducing your energy consumption...it is about reducing the cost of your energy, regardless of how much energy you consume.  
 

Microgrids can come in a variety of forms and shapes to address each site's specific needs. Some typical candidates to benefit from a microgrid include:

  • Isolated locations

  • Kibutzs

  • Academic campuses

  • Military bases

  • Medical centers

  • Industrial zones

  • Commercial complexes

  • Neighborhoods

  • Municipal organizations

  • Large hotels

 

A NEW ENERGY WORLD

The Israeli energy market is quickly following the world trends where energy operations are being optimized by sophisticated open energy markets that include a variety of options.


Migrating from a single grid-based electricity provider to a mix of providers, the availability of gas, options for local generation, and the integration of energy with the emerging smart communities, all open up great opportunities for every energy user.


At the same time, there is a constant growing need to better manage the more complex energy structure and ensure regular availability of energy at all times.


Some current opportunities and rising needs include the fast adoption of:

  • Distributed generation Wind/Solar/Bio

  • Availability of gas for energy

  • Combined Heat & Power (CHP)

  • Energy storage

  • Electric Vehicles

  • Reduced CO2 requirements

  • Energy trade opportunities

  • More critical loads as data centers and others

DELIVERED BENEFITS

The benefits of deploying a well-managed distributed generation system vary per each organization's structure and needs. Generally, the benefits that have been proven in Israel and around the world pertain to following three categories:

REDUCED COSTS:

With the migration to local energy generation, storage, and trade, utility bills are expected to decrease, while costs related to Capital Expenses (CAPEX) and Operating Expenses (OPEX) will grow. MGI's approach reviews and optimizes the overall energy-related costs to reduce the bottom line.

 

 The financial benefits will depend on each specific site and may include:

  • Improved utilization of a variety of energy resources

  • Energy accountability at any level (departments, buildings etc.).

  • Dynamic Demand Response operations based on real time energy cost and constraint

  • Predictive maintenance of the energy infrastructure

  • Reduced energy losses

RESILIENCY

The ever-growing dependency on energy, in combination with the growing number of power outages due to weather and/or system failures, indicate that ensuring a sufficient and constant energy supply is more important than ever before. 


Microgrids are designed to do just that: Ensure automated switchover to an "Island" mode utilizing local generation and energy storage while automatically and dynamically configuring loads to a restricted energy mode.

SMART OPERATIONS​

Cities, campuses, and neighbourhoods are all migrating into smart operation (Smart Cities), taking advantage of the growing popularity of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and devices to improve their operations.
 

As everything connects to energy, smart energy operations commonly serve as the first step toward a smart community operation. The data gathered by the energy management system can be used to improve processes, manage occupancy, integrate with transportation management, and so much more.