Rolls-Royce and ABB have announced a global partnership on microgrid technology, integrating hybrid power systems and advanced automation. Together the companies offer an innovative, energy-efficient microgrid solution for utilities and commercial and industrial entities.
A microgrid is a small-scale electric grid that combines power from distributed energy generation sources such as combined heat and power plants, diesel- and gas-powered gensets and renewable sources with batteries. The microgrid provides the overall control to coordinate these resources to meet the requirements of the given load in respective applications. Microgrids can function either off-grid, or connected to the main power grid. The ability of microgrids to separate themselves seamlessly from the main grid, in the event of a potential grid fault or emergency, is an increasingly important feature.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems and ABB have joined forces to offer advancedmicrogrid solutions worldwide.
Reliable power supply – even during harsh weather conditions and times of peak consumption – is critical for economic growth. Integrating renewable energy offers a sustainable solution to support uninterrupted power and clean energy use.
Microgrid solutions benefit utilities, industries and commercial sites that are looking for reliable power supply as well as cost and carbon emissions reductions. They enable resilient power supply even with high penetration of intermittent renewable energy sources like wind and solar. Distributed energy resources and loads are intelligently coordinated by digital automation and control systems to ensure the microgrid functions efficiently.
Rolls-Royce offers the MTU Onsite Energy power system solutions, including mission critical, standby and continuous power, combined generation of heat and power and microgrids. Andreas Schell, CEO, Rolls-Royce Power Systems, notes that, “With the transformation towards decarbonisation, customers are looking to pursue sustainable power options that also deliver profitability. For this, we rely primarily on microgrids, which are autonomous energy supply systems that are efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly. Combining our integrated MTU diesel and gas genset system technology and our control solutions, with ABB’s modular microgrid solution, control capability and remote service, we are offering customers the combined strengths of two world leaders in technology.”
Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s grid automation business line within the company’s Power Grids business, says, “ABB Ability™ e-mesh™ can ensure a stable power grid, even with a high share of renewable energy from various sources working smoothly together with already installed gas or diesel engines. ABB has microgrid installations globally and through our partnership with Rolls-Royce Power Systems, we will further support the growing interest for microgrid solutions.”
The ABB Ability™ e-mesh™ solution provides power generation asset owners a vertically integrated, unified view of their distributed energy resources and renewable power generation that is quick to deploy and reduces operational costs. Cloud operations, site and fleet optimisation, weather and load forecast and machine learning algorithms, offer insights for decision-making. This assists owners in identifying where to increase maintenance investment or how to increase revenue streams to operate assets more profitably.