The Rise of Fuel Cell Microgrids: Special Report

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Fuel cell microgrids are on the rise, the result of a natural pairing of two technologies — fuel cells and microgrids — that serve a mutual mission. Together, they meet today’s demand for energy that is cost-competitive, highly reliable, clean, quiet, contained, modular, scalable and community-friendly. Once futuristic, both technologies … [Read more...]

Demand Energy Brings Pioneering Solar Plus Storage Microgrid to New York City

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Demand Energy is set to begin operating a pioneering solar plus storage microgrid that achieves several firsts for the New York City power grid. News of the project milestone comes just three months after Italian utility giant Enel acquired Demand Energy, a move that made a splash in the microgrid industry and significantly changed the fortunes … [Read more...]

Will Massachusetts Emerge as the Hub of the Microgrid Industry?

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Say ‘oil’ and Houston comes to mind. Software is Silicon Valley. Steel is Pittsburgh. But for the fledgling microgrid industry, a regional identity has yet to form. California and New York are strong contenders. But the title could go to Massachusetts. Consider the company Massachusetts keeps. GE and Schneider Electric, two energy … [Read more...]

Syracuse Microgrid Forecasts Positive Return Leveraging Waste-to-Energy

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The Syracuse microgrid, one of 11 NY Prize Stage 2 winners, is forecasting a strong financial return using waste-to-energy generation that eases pressure on local landfills. Led by the Central NY Regional Planning and Development Board (CNYRPDB), the project is the only Stage 2 winner to rely on waste-to-energy conversion as its primary … [Read more...]

California Microgrid Roadmap Workshop Set for April 25

California plans to offer its next microgrid roadmap workshop Tuesday, April 25 at the US Grant Hotel in San Diego. The state is developing the roadmap to help commercialize microgrids. The project is being coordinated by the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent System … [Read more...]

The Value of Energy Storage in Microgrids

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Chris Evanich, application director of microgrids at S&C Electric Company, highlights the value of energy storage in microgrids.  Electric utilities as well as commercial and industrial users are reevaluating the way they produce, distribute, and consume power, straying away from the traditional and … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Microgrid Goes Live and We Ask, “Has the Industry Crossed the Chasm?”

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Two carefully-watched microgrids took big steps forward April 6. The Schneider Electric microgrid was unveiled in Massachusetts, and Duke Energy won regulatory approval for its unusual Mount Sterling project in North Carolina. The success of these projects brings good news to the young microgrid industry. But it is still not clear whether … [Read more...]

The US Air Force Foresees a Mobile Microgrid that Can be Built in an Hour

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Donna Lindner, of the US Air Force Research Laboratory, describes work under way to create a mobile microgrid that can be set up fast at forward operating bases. Today’s expeditionary military forces require steady, reliable energy sources to power worldwide missions. Diverse field environments and a move towards cost-effective, resilient … [Read more...]

Energy Storage in Infrastructure Modernization? Yes and Here’s Why

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Roads and bridges may be what comes to mind for a lot of people when they hear about federal infrastructure improvements. But batteries and other advanced energy storage devices should be on the list too. That’s the word from the Energy Storage Association and 52 private companies and business associations in a letter this week urging … [Read more...]

Distributed Energy Storage Reduces Demand via 8,000 Batteries

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A distributed energy storage network of 8,000 batteries located at 7,000 telecom facilities in France has reduced utility demand by 10 to 15 MW during two demand response events. And now the company that managed the program wants to bring it to the U.S. Actility, which provides IoT-based grid balancing and demand response programs, wants to … [Read more...]