Energy resiliency is vital for remote communities, especially in emergencies.
In the recent Australian bushfires more than 1,900 power poles were destroyed and around 37,000 energy consumers were left without power. Water pumps are predominantly electric, this hindered efforts to extinguish spot fires. Communities scrambled to access petrol generators and in some extreme cases, had to siphon fuel from vehicles to run them.
In California, 800,000 energy consumers had their energy cut off to prevent fires caused by electrical arcing. This also resulted in people not being able to access their own solar generation and stored energy. As communities rebuild, following the fires, it is important to install energy management systems and set up generation and storage systems in a way that ensures resiliency from similar events.
Install a generation and storage system, ensure that you have an ‘automatic transfer switch’ (ATS) installed, to have the ability to become an energy island in a power outage event. By disconnecting from the grid – to stop backfeeding – and operating as an energy island, ensures resiliency. You can access locally generated and stored energy. Having a digital load panel also assists with switching off non-essential loads, therefore extending the running time of the system.
To optimize locally generated and stored energy, in the event of a fire or storm, you can use an intelligent energy management system (EMS). It will enable you to automatically become an energy island and eliminate electricity wastage. With personalized pre-set essential and non-essential loads lists, the EMS will immediately switch off non-essential loads in response to an energy event and a grid outage.
The carbonTRACK platform will enable you to:
Be more resilient, don’t be left in the dark.