Schneider Electric, Mainspring Energy promote new hybrid energy microgrid solutions

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At the annual CERAWeek Conference, Schneider Electric and Mainspring Energy announced that they are partnering to offer a new hybrid-energy technology that combines Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Microgrid Solution and turn-key design-build services with Mainspring’s Linear Generator.

The combination provides power and fuel-flexibility as well as energy resiliency for commercial and industrial customers, such as data centers or healthcare facilities. This energy solution allows customers to efficiently generate electricity onsite and operate in parallel to the power grid or independently from the grid when needed.

“Commercial and industrial facilities are dealing with increasing demands for electricity,” said Jana Gerber, Schneider Electric North America Microgrid President. “At the same time, organizations needing power have decarbonization goals. The Mainspring Linear Generator has the potential to serve a vital role in the transition to net zero. Customers are provided with a pioneering microgrid solution that can generate on-site power, adapt to an evolving grid landscape, and help them meet their decarbonization goals.”

The novel fuel-flexibility of the Mainspring generator also allows customers to dynamically switch among multiple fuel options, including low- and zero-carbon fuels, without retrofit.

“We designed the fuel-flexible Linear Generator so that as clean fuels become increasingly available and cost-effective, organizations of all kinds can capitalize on them without having to replace or retrofit equipment,” said Shannon Miller, Mainspring CEO and founder. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Schneider Electric, a leader in sustainability and microgrid solutions, to meet the evolving energy needs of our commercial and industrial customers while helping work towards a zero-carbon grid.”

The Linear Generator was launched commercially in 2020 by Mainspring Energy and is installed today in multiple regions of the U.S., running operations for Fortune 500 companies. Setting it apart from traditional power generators, the Mainspring Linear Generator exhibits exceptional versatility by running on and seamlessly switching between various fuel types. These include renewable options such as biofuels, green ammonia, and green hydrogen. This unparalleled fuel flexibility empowers customers in their transition to clean energy sources.

The collaboration between Schneider Electric and Mainspring Energy offers power solutions along with Schneider’s microgrid designs, construction management, and project management expertise. This helps customers navigate the energy transition, increases energy resiliency, generates cost savings, and helps them meet their sustainability goals.

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