Microgrids Are Not Just For Emergencies

In Eastern Connecticut, Backus Hospital is the only trauma center available. Yet during emergencies, such as Hurricane Sandy, backup power generators aren’t able to power the whole facility; while all the operating rooms will switch over, air conditioning doesn’t.

So Backus is turning to microgrids, but not just for times of need, but for everyday usage.

Alex Kragie, point person for the microgrid project, explains that using the microgrid on a frequent basis would render it more reliable than if it were just activated during an emergency. At present, backup diesel generators are being used, but they are dead assets, in that facilities buy them in the hope that they need not be used.

Emergencies aside, the microgrids are intended to provide clean, efficient and affordable power.

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