Microgrids and energy security: How they reduce dependence on fossil fuels

As microgrids tend to utilise a variety of energy generation sources, such as wind, solar and hydro, they reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

This diversification is increasing as microgrids find their use in more and more situations that are choosing sustainable energy solutions.

By diversifying energy sources and reducing need for energy produced using fossil fuel, consumers are better positioned to enjoy increased choice and reduce the risk of fuel poverty.

Microgrids are leading the way as models which demonstrate the viability of renewable energy. They showcase the benefits of such a system and how it reduces reliance on fossil fuels.

Furthermore, microgrid systems offer learning opportunities for academics, technicians, inventors, and even policy makers, to create scalable solutions for a future of energy consumption without fossil fuels.

Microgrids offer energy security as they work in conjunction with the main power grid, helping to reduce strain on the main system and even export power into the grid.

Reducing the need to use long distance transmission infrastructure creates energy security for communities where microgrids are utilised. Lines, particularly in the outback, are susceptible to natural disaster, storms and bushfires. Microgrids limit the disruptions caused by these events.

Also, delivering electricity via lines over long distances requires more energy for delivery, so a localised microgrid system creates an energy saving simply by being local to the area of demand.

Microgrids usually use battery energy storage unit to store excess energy produced by the system.

This allows more refined control over supply and demand, by storing at times of excess production, and by maintaining distribution needs when energy sources are temporarily unavailable.

DEUTZ Australia is currently working on a cutting-edge microgrid solution that integrates solar panels to generate energy and a battery storage system for storing the produced energy. This versatile platform is offered in both low voltage and high voltage setups and can be expanded to accommodate higher capacities. To ensure continuous power supply around the clock, the system is backed by a DEUTZ diesel generator. It can operate autonomously as a standalone power system or seamlessly connect with the primary grid whenever it is accessible.

As a company that strongly believe in environment protection and strike to reduce emissions, we hope the implementation of DEUTZ microgrid systems can contribute to reduced reliance on the fossil fuelled grid.

Microgrids are definitely creating a pathway for a sustainable future by demonstrating how renewable energy can function in a small-scale area and ensuring that those areas enjoy increased reliability and efficiency with lower carbon emissions by reducing reliance on fossil fuels.