November - December 2015
WHY DEPLOYMENT OF MICROGRIDS IN GRID-CONNECTED AREAS IS A GROWING TREND ■ HOW MECHANICAL VAPOUR RECOMPRESSION CAN IMPROVE
EFFICIENCY AND HELP INTEGRATE RENEWABLES ■ HELPING COMBINED HEAT AND POWER PLANTS PLAY A ROLE IN GRID BALANCING ■ THE DOS AND
DON’TS OF MAINTENANCE FOR STANDBY POWER EQUIPMENT ■ CONDITION MONITORING WITH DATA-BASED PROGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGY ■ HOW
FAST-TRACK POWER CAN CREATE A BRIDGE TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ■ THE LATEST ADVANCES IN PACKAGED CHP DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
8 America’s distributed energy opportunity Why forthcoming US federal regulations on emissions reduction are generally positive for
distributed energy, but have also created uncertainty within the industry.
By Craig Howie
14 Microgrids: more than remote power To ensure continuity of power supply and protect against grid faults and emergency
situations, ‘grid-connected’ microgrids are growing in popularity.
By Celine Mahieux and Alexandre Oudalov
18 Advantages of mechanical vapour recompression How mechanical vapour recompression (MVR) can improve energy effciency in
process plants and offer possibilities for integrating renewable electricity and
demand side management.
By Egbert Klop
22 CHP’s grid balancing capability Energy management solutions can result in more economic CHP plant operation
and allow plants to participate in the smarter business of balancing the grid.
By Juha-Pekka Jalkanen
26 Intelligent maintenance with big data Data-based prognostic technology can determine the future condition of machines, laying
the foundation for intelligent maintenance planning.
By Moritz von Plate
On the cover: The Kendall
Cogeneration Station in
US. Photo credit: Jon Reis