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Microgrids
Are On
The Rise

Alternative-energy integration, expensive-energy-storage,
and aging-infrastructure barriers are falling.
THE NEW ENERGY landscape comprises increasingly distributed
This industry-wide shift has brought about new challenges for
and decentralized power sources, such as renewables, that are drastifacility decision-makers and energy managers. Now, given the need
cally changing the way energy is procured, deployed, and managed.
to respond to stakeholder demands for alternative-energy sources,
While this increases the complexity of the electricity model, it is also
such and wind and solar, as well as energy efficiency and sustainabilushering in new levels of efficiency, susity and an increasing focus on adding Industrial
Microgrid benefits
tainability, and energy resilience. While the
Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity to operacentralized, one-way electric-grid model
tions, facility managers are turning to microare available to
was the norm for the past century, the progrids to better manage power consumption.
growing numbers of
liferation of distributed-energy resources
Still, although their benefits far outweigh their
end-user sites.
(DER) will continue in the foreseeable
challenges, some microgrid deployments are
future. In fact, according to Navigant
becoming stalled-not because of the maturity
Research, Boulder, CO (navigantresearch.com), annual installed
of the technology or the complexity of adding it to an operation, but
capacity in the DER market is expected to grow from 109.9 GW in
because of questions about payment structures.
2015 to 335.8 GW in 2024, representing a cumulative investment of
Many facility managers incorrectly categorize microgrids as infra$1.9 trillion over the next decade.
structure projects, i.e., the types of initiatives that incur high upfront

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Efficient Plant April 2018

Editorial
Implementations
What's Wrong With My Bolts?
Understand Vertical Motor Bearings
Bourbon Boom Drives Distillery Expansion
Lubricant Myths That Can Cost You
IIoT
SAP: When To Update SAP Master Data
Give Your Chain A 'Hand'
Why Do Hackers Hack?
Why Compressor Size Matters
Equipment-Rental Considerations
On The Floor
Microgrids Are On The Rise
Solution Focus
Products
Index
Showcase
Seeking Reliability
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Cover1
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Cover2
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - Editorial
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - Implementations
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - What's Wrong With My Bolts?
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - Understand Vertical Motor Bearings
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - Bourbon Boom Drives Distillery Expansion
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - Bourbon Boom Drives Distillery Expansion
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - Lubricant Myths That Can Cost You
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - IIoT
Efficient Plant April 2018 - SAP: When To Update SAP Master Data
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Give Your Chain A 'Hand'
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Why Do Hackers Hack?
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Why Compressor Size Matters
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Equipment-Rental Considerations
Efficient Plant April 2018 - On The Floor
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - Solution Focus
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - Products
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Efficient Plant April 2018 - Index
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Showcase
Efficient Plant April 2018 - Seeking Reliability
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