‘Microgrids’ energy storage project announced – JSOnline

Posted by Trish Riley, October 4, 2011

A new project aimed at making Wisconsin a national center of expertise for energy "microgrids" was announced Monday by a team that includes all four of the state’s engineering schools and several large Milwaukee-area employers.By using sophisticated new energy storage devices and battery systems, microgrid "energy islands" could function for some time off a main power grid if it were disrupted – and they also could maximize use of energy harnessed from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power.Wisconsin companies are already working to develop technologies for advanced energy storage systems, including the state’s largest company, Johnson Controls Inc., and one of its smallest ZBB Energy Corp. of Menomonee Falls. They see a market for using energy storage to overcome the challenges of renewable sources that stop making power when the sun sets or winds ease.

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