California Awards $1.5M to Plan Advanced Microgrid in Santa Monica

advanced microgrid

The California Energy Commission last week granted $1.5 million for planning and design of an advanced microgrid in Santa Monica. The funding comes from the state’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, created to bring innovative clean energy ideas to market. Santa Monica won the money from an EPIC competition earlier this year, … [Read more...]

Grid-Connected Microgrids and Battery Technology

Grid-connected microgrids are considered the future of a smarter electric grid. So as large-scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS). AusNet Services, the largest energy delivery service in Victoria, … [Read more...]

Healthcare Microgrid Would Preserve Power for 4 Hospitals in the East Bronx

healthcare microgrid

The idea of the East Bronx Healthcare Microgrid was born out of special pressure on the crucial hospital system. During storms and power outages, the four hospitals must remain open not only to serve existing patients, but also those transferred from evacuated hospitals in Manhattan and other New York City boroughs. Further, the medical … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrids in South Africa Electrify, Boost Economic Development

Solar Microgrids in South Africa

Accenture Development Partnerships has teamed up with the University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) and The Rural Development Company to develop solar microgrids in South Africa that aim to provide rural electrification and economic development. Accenture is trying to create a sustainable economic model that can be … [Read more...]

Storm-Struck PECO Proposes Two Integrated Community Microgrids

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Plagued by power outages due to storms, PECO on May 18 filed a plan with Pennsylvania regulators to build two integrated community microgrids for a high density neighborhood with an 8.6 MW load. "Severe weather is a leading cause of power outages in PECO’s service territory. For example, as a consequence of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, approximately … [Read more...]

What’s behind Caterpillar’s New Hybrid Microgrid Play? Here’s a Deeper Look

Microgrid Technology

Caterpillar became the latest big infrastructure company to unveil a microgrid play with the recent launch of its hybrid microgrid into the global market. The Cat hybrid technology combines solar, energy storage and fossil fuels and will focus on projects 10 kW to 100 MW. A $47 billion company, Cat intends to leverage its global distribution … [Read more...]

Bypassing Utility Models for Clean, Smart Microgrids in Emerging Markets

decentralized energy attracts less funding

Energy project developers are just beginning to see the advantages of bypassing the old and “messy” electricity infrastructure in favor of clean, smart microgrids in developing countries. That was one of Haresh Patel’s observations about the information gleaned from developers for its latest Mercatus Global Advanced Energy Insights … [Read more...]

DC-linked Microgrid Planned…Wind-Powered Microgrids Aim for Net Zero & More

DC-linked microgrid in Ontario Canadian company ARDA Power and Austria-based Gildemeister energy storage GmbH are collaborating on a DC-linked microgrid in Burlington, Ontario. The DC-linked microgrid will include multiple energy sources (among them solar and gas generation), energy storage, and direct current and alternating current … [Read more...]

The Multi-Directional Grid & its Safety, Connectivity & Speed Challenges

Multi-Directional Grid

In the old days, the grid was uni-directional. But now, it's a multi-directional grid with more and more energy storage, renewables, electric vehicles and other resources coming online, and the utility's task has become complex -- to say the least. The utility of the future -- under New York State's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and … [Read more...]

EV Chargers Plus Energy Storage Equals Multiple Benefits

EV charger plus energy storage

EV chargers plus energy storage are expected to lower demand charges and avoid utility-funded infrastructure upgrades in a pilot program in Hawaii. In the pilot, a partnership among Hawaiian Electric (HECO), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Greenlots, a 50-kW fast charger for EVs is coupled with energy storage at a HECO site that … [Read more...]