Date: July 3, 2021
Ever since the dawn of electricity, we have relied on large power grids to meet our energy demands. However, there are still a lot of places which have a non-existent power grid, even though there might be a demand for power. Thanks to the rise of technology, you have microgrids, which are local energy generation units. They have been getting increasingly popular across the world, and the UAE is never left behind. Solar microgrids combine the potential of microgrids and solar energy. Depending on the situation, it might turn out to be a smart way to power your operations.
At Al-Bahar, we offer a wide range of microgrid solar solutions. No matter what the needs of your business might be, we would offer you customized solutions to meet them without any compromise. But before you decide to install such a system at your work site, you should know a few basic things so that you can take an informed decision.
What is a Microgrid?
Well, as we have said before, a microgrid can be defined as an energy distribution network that depends on the local means of producing electricity. It is specifically designed to function independently. In some cases, they might also work in sync within a larger network, within a defined area.
Microgrids are not the only type of local grids in use. There are different types of local grids. Microgrids contain a power supply system that is made up of load and distributed energy resources combined heat and power generation as fuel cell and energy storage systems.
Usually a microgrid is made up of the following components:
- Generator sets or Fuel Generators: Most microgrids depend on generator power. Fuel is easily stored and since they come with a high power factor, they are less demanding and can be managed quite easily. However, fuel generators would come with their own set of challenges. You have risks of spillage, volatile fuel prices and other such factors that you need to consider.
- Renewable Sources of Energy: In most cases, microgrid systems depend on renewable sources of energy, as they are cheaper and easier to install. This is probably the reason why it is used in microgrid solar systems.
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- Battery: You would need to store the energy generated so that you get a consistent supply of energy at all times. Battery prices has fallen down considerably but they still make up a significant portion of the total costs.
- Load: This is not a component, per se. But it does play an important part in the microgrid. The load can be commercial, industrial or even residential. You need to calculate the load as it is critical in determining the kind of system that should be put in place.
These are some of the things that you should understand before going for a solar microgrid system. At Al-Bahar, we offer a wide range of solutions for Caterpillar microgrid. To check out our range of Cat® solar panels in UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain, click here.