Over 4 days this October in a San Francisco hotel, a microgrid will demonstrate how distributed energy and smart power systems can be a promising, dependable, and pocket-friendly way to supply electricity. The VERGE Interconnect exhibition will be powered – literally – by a fully operational, temporary and replicable microgrid. The off-grid system will combine wind, solar, and biomass energy compatibility with dispatchable generation for fuel cell and microturbines. It will also have energy storage capability and controls to supply electricity to the Gold Ballroom, site of the conference. Perhaps more impressive and unexpected is the fact that the system will be assembled and run using off-the-shelf equipment.
The company responsible for setting up the microgrid is GreenBiz Group, and its CEO, Eric Faurot, explained that “the intent is to take the room functionally off the grid, showcasing participating exhibitors as leaders in the space”. Through this initiative, it is hope that off-grid systems will gain more exposure as a way of cutting emissions of greenhouse gases and bringing communities to a state of grid-independent.
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