Schneider Electric launches extreme weather-resistant microgrid solution


Schneider Electric, in partnership with Scale Microgrid Solutions, which develops sustainable, on-site energy solutions, has launched the Rapid Response Modular Microgrid (R2M2).

The solution offers a scalable, modular microgrid to bolster resilience, and deliver sustainable, affordable power to counter damages and risk to human-life following severe weather or natural disasters.

The solution’s release comes just weeks before the start of the storm season in the US, and wildfire season in states like California and New Mexico.

Transmission and distribution infrastructure has been blamed for a significant portion of California’s recent wildfires, with state utilities consequently petitioning the drastically increase the quantity and duration of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) as part of their wildfire mitigation strategies.

Whilst this may be a move in the right direction, it will not avert the risk to human life and ensure business continuity. A state like California where the economy is propped up by technology companies, is not equipped to manage the multiple, long-duration blackouts expected in the region, expected to last between 2 and 5 days.

According to Schneider partners Scale Microgrid Solutions, the extended PPSS duration proposed is necessary, but only as a reflection of current electricity infrastructure limitations.

The R2M2 solves this problem with commercially available technology to boost resilience in a more cost-effective manner than traditional peak-demand management options.

By incorporating Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture, the R2M2 uses Schneider Electric’s Energy Control Center (ECC), to control and monitor power on-site

Additionally, Schneider Electric’s Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) facilitates operation at up 100% of peak electric demand for an extended duration.

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