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A Fuel Cell Microgrid Keeps the Lights on for a Connecticut High School

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This excerpt from “Fuel Cell Microgrids: The Path to Lower Cost, Higher Reliability Cleaner Energy” explains the multiple benefits a fuel cell microgrid brings to a Connecticut high school and the larger community. Students at the Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge, Connecticut are in for a big letdown, but that’s a good thing. While … [Read more...]

ABB’s Modular Microgrid, Enel’s Disruptive Energy Tech, Mercedes Benz Home Storage

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ABB seeks partners to trial new modular microgrid ABB plans to make a modular microgrid widely available at the end of 2017 that is suited to remote communities, extreme environments and places that lack access to reliable grid power. The MGS100 is also designed for small commercial and industrial facilities with inconsistent grid supply, so … [Read more...]

Quick News: FuelCell Energy & Trinity College, Grid Mod, Siemens & Smart Grid, Hybrid Gensets

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FuelCell Energy gets Trinity College microgrid-ready FuelCell Energy has executed a power purchase agreement with Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, to install a 1.4 MW microgrid-ready fuel cell power plant. The college, which serves 2,200 students on a 100-acre campus, expects to save about 30 percent in annual energy costs through … [Read more...]

Town of Avon, Connecticut, Issues RFP for Microgrid Project Design

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A microgrid project underway in Avon, Connecticut last week entered the RFP phase, with town government seeking design proposals. Avon plans to install the microgrid to serve nine town buildings, including police, fire and town offices, and wants the flexibity to possibly expand the project to the nearby Avon Village Center. Where … [Read more...]

Follow the Electric Battery Revolution to California — With or Without Trump

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With or without support from the Trump Administration, the electric battery revolution is here to stay, and to accelerate that movement, we need only look to California. That's the word from Kevin Jones, director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School, and co-author of the recently released “The Electric … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Systems Capture Missed Opportunities for Utility-Scale PV Arrays

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North America currently has more than 20 GW of installed utility-scale PV generation, with more than 14 GW brought online in 2016 – the largest amount of PV installed to date. But is the majority of this base realizing its full potential? Solar plus storage systems offer a way for owners and operators to expand production hours, increase energy … [Read more...]

Research Microgrid in Alabama Neighborhood an IQ Test for Smart Systems

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A new residential neighborhood in Alabama will feature a research microgrid that aims to help Alabama Power better understand the benefits and appeal of smart systems, including microgrids and appliances that can be controlled by phones. Smart Neighborhood, a community of 62 homes, is a partnership among the utility, developer Signature … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrids for National Security: Study Finds 17 GW Could Fortify US Military Bases

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Researchers at Michigan Technological University look at use of solar microgrids for national security. They find that the US has the technological capability to install the 17 GW needed to fortify military bases. Distributed microgrid tech can secure the electrical grids at military bases to reduce the impact of cyberattacks, physical … [Read more...]

Think Really Boldly, British Company Tells Bidders for Technology Park Microgrid

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An unusual real estate company in England is seeking 'bold' partners to develop a technology park microgrid in West Cumbria. Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) plans to install the microgrid at Westlake’s Science & Technology Park in a bid for energy independence and environmental stewardship. The microgrid will serve the park's 14 … [Read more...]

For Utilities, Electric Vehicles are the New Air Conditioners

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Electric vehicles are quickly becoming one of the largest flexible loads on the grid in some areas, and the growth parallels the increase in numbers of air conditioners years ago, says a new study from the Smart Electric Power Alliance. However, the popularity of electric vehicles poses problems for utilities, which are finding that time-of-use … [Read more...]