Lead Tech Companies Join Together to Showcase Smart Energy Microgrid
Event Co-located with Solar Power Midwest
HARRISBURG, PA., Oct., 22, 2018/Cable-Tec Expo/-- The Cable-Tec Expo 2018, hosted by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and co-located with the Solar Power Midwest conference, will feature its first live microgrid on the show floor. Eight innovative companies in the industry that are deploying microgrid technology today have come together under the banner of Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace to showcase a microgrid operating live on the show floor.
Focusing on energy solutions for the cable industry, this onsite microgrid project follows a larger version that operated live last month at the North America Smart Energy Week Conference and Expo in California, which included on-site solar photovoltaics and provided electricity for over 50 exhibit booths. Branded the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace (SEMM), this installation at Cable-Tec includes a range of technologies in a hybrid microgrid utilizing traditional AC as well as 48 and 380-volt DC to provide power onsite. The 900 square-foot Microgrid Marketplace will run entirely off that technology to concurrently harness electricity, store electricity in batteries and redistribute the electricity to power loads onsite.
The SEMM project aims to help the industry better understand what smart energy microgrid systems look like and how they operate by building a network of distributed energy technologies from companies pioneering the market. The project is recognized as the resource for understanding how microgrids are configured and implemented in various markets, including residential, commercial, industrial, technical (central office, cable head-end and cellular), and government, military and utility scale.
“Many of these companies have been part of building microgrids in the cable industry, so Cable-Tec is a perfect platform for attendees to see this technology and witness how today’s microgrids bring tremendous capability to service a variety of industry needs. We are showing that microgrids are more diverse than ever; supporting everything from resiliency in a semi-grid tied environment to total independence and off-grid scenarios. They can easily combine a variety of generation and storage sources, as well as power and service both AC and DC loads in a very modular and scalable way,” said Brian Patterson, president of Emerge Alliance, organizer of SEMM. “A wealth of information and access to experts in this growing microgrid arena is what you’ll find under the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace banner.”
Companies are seeking to better manage the complexities of the energy landscape as the cable industry witnesses rapidly changing energy policies, energy resiliency becoming increasingly important, and sustainability goals moving up in priority. SEMM offers solutions to many of these issues facing companies now and down the road. Learn from experts and professionals with a technology track record in power generation and conversion equipment, energy management systems, monitoring and metering devices, as well as energy storage systems and solar energy products all integrated into a cutting-edge microgrid.
The SEMM program includes the following technology companies: EnSync Energy Systems, CE+T, Starline, WES, Voltserver, COMM/net, Stultz and Nextek Power Systems. Emerge Alliance is the lead facilitator of SEMM, while the program is supported by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).
About the EMerge Alliance
The EMerge Alliance is a nonprofit, open network of industry, academic and government organizations reinventing electric power through the development of vanguard standards for the highly effective and efficient use of hybrid AC/DC power in building and community level microgrids. These standards focus on dc-coupled generation, storage and loads, simplifying the use of locally produced clean energy and making systems more flexible, resilient and sustainable. Learn more at http://www.EMergeAlliance.org.
Celebrating its 44th anniversary in 2018, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 250,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.
The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) is an educational nonprofit working to facilitate the electric power industry’s smart transition to a clean and modern energy future through education, research, standards and collaboration. SEPA offers a range of research initiatives and resources, as well as conferences, educational events and professional networking opportunities. SEPA is founder and co-sponsor of Solar Power International (now North American Smart Energy Week) and winner of the Keystone Policy Center’s 2016 Leadership in Energy Award. For more information, visit www.sepapower.org.
Cable-Tec Expo is a registered trademark of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, Inc.
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Brian Patterson, Emerge Alliance