Microgrids are the backbone of energy independent communities. They can distribute renewable energy sources across a service area and offer more control capabilities than a traditional power grid.
Communities are investing in microgrid projects for the benefits of efficient and reliable energy management.
Burnaby-based electromechanical engineering firm Hedgehog Technologies has developed an innovative system called the Nimba Microgrid Controller Solution to intelligently manage and optimize microgrid-powered communities.
Nimba manages your renewable energy resources through peak shaving and demand response events. During a blackout period, Nimba communicates with the battery storage system to ensure the lights stay on.
This is a push forward in microgrid technology that extends the life of assets, lowers energy costs, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
“Some of our earliest projects involved microgrids and now we are witnessing more widespread applications for this technology,” said Dr. Michael Wrinch, founder of Hedgehog Technologies. “Nimba is designed to make energy management accessible for remote communities that are not connected to a main power grid.”
Nimba has alarm handling capabilities to alert users with an email notification during an emergency. The system is interoperable across a variety of renewable energy systems and communications protocols including energy storage converters, PV solar inverters, power meters, and protection relays.
“The value of Nimba extends far beyond innovative solutions, it’s backed by a team of trusted system integration experts with over two decades of experience. We’ll be the ones who advocate for your project from start to finish,” said Erin Martin-Serrano, director of business development at Hedgehog Technologies.
Hedgehog is a world-class electrical engineering consulting firm that works on innovative projects with a safety-critical approach from global amusement rides to solar arrays in extreme climates.
Earlier this year Hedgehog acquired Igloo Innovations, a mechanical engineering firm with creative and technical capabilities.