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Microgrids for Trains, Planes and Ships on the Rise

microgrids for trains

Microgrids for trains, planes and ships are on the rise as the transportation industry seeks greener, more reliable power. The latest we've come upon is a plan by Imperial College London and 10:10 to work together on a project to create microgrid-like solar for trains. The Renewable Traction Power project will look into using track-side solar … [Read more...]

Vulnerable Oregon Coast Studied for Resiliency through Microgrids

Resiliency Through Microgrids

The Oregon coast could see increased resiliency through microgrids, given that it's expected to be the site of a devastating earthquake in the future. What's more, the area experiences outages due to big storms and winds--storms that are only expected to get stronger with global warming, said Adam Schultz, senior policy analyst at the Oregon … [Read more...]

Inside Microgrids: Accidental Microgrids, Solar and Electric Vehicles

accidental microgrids

Accidental microgrids here? We find ourselves increasingly on the lookout for unintentional or accidental microgrids, since the concept was introduced on Microgrid Knowledge by David Chiesa of S&C Electric. It looks like a new partnership between National Grid and Sunrun could create accidental microgrids. Accidental microgrids are not … [Read more...]

Play a Game to Design a Rural Microgrid

Rural Microgrid

In developing countries, a major challenge to the success of a rural microgrid is gathering enough information about the community and its needs. To overcome this hurdle, Energy Action Partners has created a game—now in the testing phase. Called The Minigrid Game, it works by bringing together potential microgrid users, developers and … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Not a Fad: Navigant

Solar-plus-storage microgrids

Solar plus storage microgrids are gaining traction as their costs fall, according to a new report by Navigant Research. Diesel remains the leading generation technology, in terms of total capacity used in microgrids worldwide. Remote regions, where natural gas is unavailable, tend to rely on diesel. But that’s changing, and diesel’s lead is … [Read more...]

Modular Microgrids: Are They the Future, Will They Liberate Microgrids?

modular microgrids

Modular microgrids are on their way in. In fact, they boast so many benefits they could liberate microgrids. And why exactly do microgrids need to be liberated? It's all spelled out in a Navigant Research whitepaper, "Liberating Microgrids (and All DER)," commissioned by Spirae, which markets a microgrid control platforms. The problem, … [Read more...]

Penn State Team Tests Hybrid Microgrid for Use Across the State

hybrid microgrid

Pennsylvania State University is testing a low-carbon hybrid microgrid in an attempt to create a transferable blueprint for additional microgrid sites across the state. The university has received funding to demonstrate a hybrid microgrid on a 600-kW “nano-loop” of an existing microgrid at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. The Navy Yard is an … [Read more...]

Medical Manufacturer Installs First Advanced Solar Plus Storage Microgrid in Costa Rica

solar plus storage

A Costa Rican medical manufacturer plans to install what’s being described as the first advanced solar plus storage microgrid in Central America. Establishment Labs will use the microgrid for critical back-up power, peak demand reduction and smoothing of solar variability. The microgrid also is designed to make the manufacturing plant more … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Testing Facility in Colorado to Offer Flexible Plug-And-Play

microgrid testing

A new private microgrid testing facility in Colorado will offer a pay, plug and play alternative to government labs that it hopes will attract innovators worldwide. Managed by MRIGlobal, GridNXT is slated to open in the first quarter of 2017 on 1,900 acres near Denver. The microgrid facility evolved out of what began as SolarTAC, which … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Costs Declining. But No One-Size Fits All

energy storage soft costs

Energy storage costs continue to decline, but with wide variations, depending on the battery technology and where and how it's used, according to new research by Lazard. Lazard also found solar generation costs declining at an even steeper rate. Solar and storage often are coupled in microgrids and nanogrids. “Our studies continue to … [Read more...]