What is a Microgrid? The term is thrown around quite a bit these days, but I've heard confusion from industry professionals on exactly what defines a microgrid. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) gives a succinct definition. A microgrid is a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources that acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid. It can connect and disconnect from the grid to operate in grid-connected or island mode. - The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Now let's elaborate. The Ingredients Microgrids consist of: Distributed Energy Resources (DER) such as solar panels, wind turbines, [...]
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We're honored to announce that Imperia was selected as the 2022 Utilities Service Alliance (USA) Services Supplier of the Year at the USA Executive Summit in Huntington Beach, California! Imperia President, Scot Blodgett, accepted the award on stage. It's presented annually to the USA Services Supplier-Partner that best demonstrates commitment to superior customer service, quality, innovation, and teamwork. Imperia has been a supplier-partner to USA since early 2016 and we have been working hard to increase our exposure within the fleet. This award demonstrates that our customers recognize the value Imperia provides as we were selected from over 25 services supplier-partners. Scot [...]
Winter storms in Texas knocked out industrial plants that were not designed to function in low temperatures. It's like those cold snaps we hear about from time to time damaging orange crops in Florida. The continental U.S. is geographically large enough to have areas that tend toward warmer averages (Texas and Florida), and those that tend toward colder averages (Maine and Minnesota). But let's face it, the continental U.S. does not include the equator or Antarctica (areas that are safer bets for unwavering weather extremes), so from an engineering standpoint, allowing for operation on the opposite end of a given weather [...]
Imperia recently upgraded the electrical infrastructure at a major aluminum plant. This upgrade helps the plant meet today's strong demand for military-grade aluminum, which is used to make the body of a popular pickup truck. Lighter Weight Being lighter than steel, aluminum allows higher fuel efficiency and better handling. And with the weight savings, features can be added that would have made a steel-body truck just too heavy. Healthy Body Aluminum does not rust, which is another great advantage over steel. Rust spots that eat holes in steel bodies are not a concern with aluminum. Major Engineering With the good foresight [...]
Imperia Engineering Partners is proud to announce our partnership with ReWire Energy on energy efficiency projects. We have been selected as an Implementation Contractor to provide energy audit, and design & engineering services for the Energy Services Statewide Program for the New York Power Authority (NYPA). The Hot Topic Of Energy Efficiency All eyes are on energy efficiency these days as residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and governmental facilities aim to reduce energy waste and increase energy value. Imperia's engineering expertise and ReWire's energy efficiency portfolio are a one-two punch that can knockout your facility's high energy costs and wasteful consumption. Get [...]
Nautical engineers design propellers for submarines, and mechanical engineers design control valves for industrial plants. These engineering tasks have more in common than you might think. Let Off Some Steam As a submarine propeller turns, it creates a low pressure area at the trailing edge of each blade. Now, at sufficiently low pressures, water becomes steam. Yes, water becomes steam at sufficiently high temperatures, but it also becomes steam at sufficiently low pressures. In other words, you can boil water with low pressure just as you can boil it with high temperature. So, if the spinning propeller produces sufficiently low pressure [...]
Electrical power has two components, voltage and current. Power = Voltage x Current After power is generated at a power plant, its voltage is increased by a step-up transformer. The power then travels through transmission lines to a neighborhood where it will run homes, offices, and factories. But before entering the neighborhood, the power's voltage is decreased by a step-down transformer. But Why? Why increase the power's voltage only to decrease it later? We want as much power generated by the plant to reach the neighborhood as possible, but we lose some power in the journey. As power travels through the [...]