How Microgrids Can Best Unlock the Potential of Renewables: An Interview with Dirk van Ouwerkerk of Anbaric

Anbaric is a project development company located near Boston, MA that specializes in early stage development of large-scale electric transmission systems (especially controllable DC lines) and small, medium and large scale microgrid projects. The confluence of transmission and microgrid projects is no accident. The difficulties in permitting, development, financing and construction with regard to transmission projects has encouraged the company to develop a deep appreciation for “non-transmission alternatives” (NTAs), as well as an understanding of where transmission should or should not be developed, or where microgrids might be more effective.

Dirk van Ouwerkerk is Anbaric’s Lead Partner for Microgrids. He has more than twelve years of experience as a strategic consultant and is a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisor to the electric power industry in the US and Europe. Dirk is specialized in an investment category he defines as “market-based cleantech”, i.e. the segment of advanced energy business models that can benefit from new regulations and government incentives, but that doesn’t need to rely on them for growth. Dirk’s most recent focus has been on the “productization” of the microgrid: an attempt to turn world-class microgrid examples like those at Princeton, Cornell University, and the FDA into scalable solutions for a broader set of customers.

Solar Thermal Magazine talked to Mr van Ouwerkerk regarding why microgrids can best unlock the potential of distributed energy resources and help them achieve the kind of meaningful scale that’s needed for states to meet their clean energy goals.

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