Microgrids use electricity with greater efficiency. At the heart of a microgrid lay a series of interconnected IoT devices that rely on embedded software and sensors to collect and exchange data. These devices are installed at key areas, like inverters, battery storage units and power generators, to measure and record multiple power usage and other data points in fractions of a second. Eaton technologies link these connected devices via a suite of platform-agnostic tools.
Acting as the intelligence – the very thinking that makes data actionable – Eaton's product and platform-agnostic power controllers, sub-station connectivity devices and monitoring tools help organizations achieve their highest power efficiency potential by optimizing where, when and how electricity is consumed.
How a microgrid works
A microgrid is a group of power generation assets that can either work with a utility provider or work independently to feed critical loads. Connected to a utility and traditional fossil fuel generators, as well as renewable sources such as wind and solar, microgrids work to collect, store and optimize energy to provide reliable, efficient electricity solutions in the event of power loss.
Here's a typical microgrid scenario that demonstrates how Eaton reduces dependency on a utility by using data to determine the source of power: