An engineering team led by an Illinois company has built a solar system that produces electricity and enough heat to potentially power a commercial oven or steam turbine.
Less than a year after state funding for microgrids was rejected by the Illinois legislature, the utility ComEd is turning to ratepayers.
Ameren, in partnership with S&C Electric, a Chicago-based smart-grid engineering firm, successfully completed a 24-hour “islanding” test earlier this month at the utility’s newly built microgrid in Champaign, Illinois, using wind, solar and battery storage.
Tucked away behind a research park at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a glimpse into what many industry analysts say is the future of the power industry.
Minnesota-based consultant Michael Burr helps communities across the country develop microgrids and local energy projects to build resiliency.