Blue Pillar Enables Next-Gen Microgrids with Energy IoT; Part 2

Posted by Brad Witter, Co-Founder and CTO on Sep 18, 2017 10:39:07 AM

Picking up from Part I, as we evaluated the requirements from the Energy Service Provider, we realized that their microgrid needed to solve a series of complex problems:

First, our Energy IoT microgrid solution had to be able to connect all energy assets, such as emergency backup power, natural gas turbines, chillers, boilers and energy storage — regardless of make, model or vintage.

Second, it also had to be expansive enough to cover a diverse set of next generation assets that would be installed in a future-state, such as wind, solar, and vehicle-to-grid.

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Topics: Microgrids, Energy IoT, DERs, Distributed Energy Resources

Blue Pillar Enables Next-Gen Microgrids with Energy IoT; Part I

Posted by Brad Witter, Co-Founder and CTO on Sep 12, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Five years ago, Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast of the U.S. leaving more than 6 million without power for an extended period of time. While the ravages of the storm were nearly as brutal as those of Katrina seven years before, there were also lessons learned from Katrina the paid off during the storm and kept some facilities powered up. Varying forms of microgrids established at numerous locations proved to be invaluable in keeping facilities running as usual and individuals safe. For example, New York University’s co-generation system kept the campus up and running for days, as did Princeton University’s 40-megawatt co-gen facility that kept an entire multi-purpose complex of buildings, garages, homes and shopping facilities up and running as usual. But these examples only touch on part of what the true capabilities of a next-gen microgrid are.

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Topics: Microgrids

Taking Advantage of the Disruption at the Grid Edge Part 4: Parting Thoughts for Utilities

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM

As we’ve pointed out in the blog series, Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), particularly in commercial and industrial (C&I) settings, are mushrooming. The U.S. Energy Information Administration Between estimates behind-the-meter distributed generation in the U.S. C&I sector increased by 400 percent from 2011-2014. Navigant Research expects global DER capacity to grow up to five times faster than new central station generation over the next five years and DER capacity in the U.S. to double by 2024.

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Topics: Microgrids, Energy IoT, DER, DERs

Blue Pillar and Con Edison Team Up with New York City Hospitals to Strengthen Electric Grid Resiliency

Posted by Tom Willie on Jul 13, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Today, Blue Pillar announced its efforts to work with New York City hospitals to help strengthen grid resiliency.  As a selected solution provider in Con Edison’s Demand Management Program, Blue Pillar is proud to support first-mover hospitals that are using their back-up emergency generation systems to strengthen the grid—and their facilities—against the devastating effects of power outages and severe weather events that cause them to lose power during times of crisis.

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Topics: Facility Management, Energy Management, New York City, Microgrids, Distributed Generation, Super Storm Sandy, Critical Power, Resiliency

Tipping Point: 55% Have Onsite Generation

Posted by Kimberly Getgen on Jul 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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Welcome to the inaugural post of the Blue Pillar Critical Facilities Blog! This blog will serve as a forum to address the issues impacting your critical energy and resiliency needs. For example, a recent survey of business by Deloitte revealed:

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Topics: Facility Management, Energy Management, Microgrids, Emergency Power Management, Distributed Generation, Critical Power