Scaling the Microgrid
KDM is excited to be working with ComEd in designing one of the first Microgrid clusters in the nation, which will be located in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.
Microgrids rely on distributed energy resources, (e.g. solar energy), to serve customers within the microgrids footprint. This new project will connect with an existing microgrid on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus. Integrating these two microgrids together will aid in research on how to develop a secure and reliable energy distribution system.
Benefits from such a program can extend even further into surrounding communities through better access to food, public services, and supplies. This project will also study how to protect against and recover from extreme weather conditions, as well as cyber attacks and keep power flowing during disruptive events.
Overall, the microgrid project is another step forward in implementing clean energy and increasing grid security.