How humans create energy for their cities, vehicles, and homes has evolved dramatically since the days of Benjamin Franklin. Now, we have power plants, city-wide power grids, coal, solar, nuclear, and so much more. So what’s the next step in our energy evolution? With the focus shifting toward clean and reusable energy, a lot of people and business owners have been turning to Distributed Energy Resources (DER) for their energy solutions. So, what is DER?
What is DER?
DER, simply put, is locally distributed energy. In order to understand what DER really means, you have to know how power is traditionally distributed. Mainstream power works via the following process:
- Power is generated at a local power plant — most of the time using coal, natural gas, or oil.
- That power is then taken by a transformer in the power plant and sent out to a power carrying vessel (power lines).
- Once the power reaches the general location where it is needed, another transformer is used to take the energy from the long-distance power lines to shorter distance lines that go into the home or business.
While this is a gross oversimplification of the process, it is enough to understand the context of DER. What DER does is reduce or completely eliminate the need to use the power being distributed by the power plants over long distances.
DER distributes energy in a similar fashion, but on a smaller scale. The DER process is an energy innovation that:
- Creates energy on-site by using a renewable energy source like solar, wind, or hydro energy
- Uses a microgrid that is disconnected from the main power grid that is used to distribute power
- Uses an energy storage system that intelligently stores unused energy generated on-site for instances when there is more power demand. Stored energy can also fortify your energy system by being able to provide additional power that the main grid might not be able to supply during times of power crisis.
- Can be optimized through energy management software that will significantly reduce your footprint and energy bills
Utilizing distributed energy resources is a smart way to save your business money, reduce overall footprint, and boost your marketability. If you are interested in being more energy independent, contact Spirae today. We specialize in converting businesses and homes to more energy and cost efficient smart grid solutions.
Who are DER set-ups for?
Almost anyone can benefit from localized distributed power systems, admittedly some more than others. The people that can likely benefit the most from becoming energy independent are businesses. Businesses can save huge sums of money switching to a microgrid solution. Instead of paying the city or local government to power their buildings, tools, and anything else a business might need powering, DER allows you to create the energy yourself. The energy is created on-site, so the load the energy creation site serves is significantly closer. Creating your own renewable energy means that you don’t have to pay someone else for it. While there is an initial cost associated with being energy independent, once your system is in place you don’t have to pay a dime for the energy that is created. Bottom line is that your energy bill will be either reduced in spectacular fashion or in some cases, completely eliminated.
However, being energy independent with distributed energy resources doesn’t only benefit business owners. Smart grid technology can be utilized by homeowners as well. Homeowners have the ability to go off the grid, just like businesses. You can make your home self-sustaining by using the same solutions as businesses by implementing a renewable energy source and energy storage system. This will dramatically save homeowners in energy costs. Homeowners can use their own energy created on-site instead of purchasing it from the city. Not to mention that it is environmentally friendly and sustainable.
If you are a business or homeowner interested in reducing your footprint and energy costs, call Spirae today for more information. Spirae is an expert in energy management, DER, and energy management software.
DER Management Software
When talking about distributed energy resources, it’s important to mention that energy management software can be used to increase your energy efficiency. Having a smart energy management software can dictate how, when, and how much energy you are using from the local and public grid. For example, if your business has certain periods where you have a large increase in demand for power, it can help keep your energy demands from public energy steady and compensate for the extra needed power with stored energy created on-site.
One example of quality DER management software is WaveⓇ by Spirae. WaveⓇ has the ability to:
- Reduce costs by reducing peak load, deferring infrastructure investment, and optimizing grid generation
- Be installed quickly and easily
- Have incredibly flexible and adapt with your variable energy needs and existing systems
- Optimize business distributed energy resources systems to customize their energy to their unique goals
WaveⓇ is only available from Spirae, to optimize your DER experience, call Spirae today or visit our informative website.
DER is greatly increasing in popularity, and for good reason. Distributed energy resources are an innovative way to distribute energy in a way that is beneficial for businesses and consumers alike. It can save both businesses and consumers money, reduce their environmental footprint, and increase peace of mind. Additionally, for businesses, it can make you more marketable and favorable to potential customers. Companies who are environmentally friendly and conscientious are better options in the eyes of consumers. Call Spirae to get your business or home optimized, save money, and obtain energy independence.