Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

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The Nicaraguan resort Rancho Santana has won accolades from the travel press for being world class; problem is, the local electric grid is not. Located on 2,700 acres, a three-hour drive from the airport on the remote Pacific Coast, the luxury resort is connected to a central grid the offers spotty and expensive power. Nicaragua is a nation … [Read more...]

Long-Term Energy Storage: What are the Options When Lithium-ion Falls Short?

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Lithium-ion batteries are best positioned to meet the demand for energy storage over the next five to 10 years, but in the long run, other battery storage technologies will be needed for long-term energy storage and larger- scale applications. That's the word from Lux Research, which recently outlined up-and-coming battery storage technologies … [Read more...]

Blockchain Technology for the Electric Grid: What Will Come Out of Today’s Wild West?

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We're in the Wild West when it comes to blockchain technology for the electric grid. But Steve Davis, founder and CEO of Oxygen Initiative, has a vision of where we're headed -- and it's big. Davis sees blockchain technology rehaping two of the pillars of our industrial economy: the grid and personal mobility. How can this happen? One … [Read more...]

Southern California Edison Seeks Local Energy Resources to Bolster the Transmission Grid

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Southern California Edison has issued a solicitation that seeks local energy resources to bolster grid resiliency -- a departure from a typical utility approach to improve a transmission system. The solicitation speaks to the new and growing use of distributed energy sources to solve grid problems in a pinpointed way. Local energy resources … [Read more...]

Microgrid Revenue Rose 29% Worldwide in 2016; Energy Storage up 45%

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Microgrid revenue rose 29 percent from 2015 to 2016, reaching $6.8 billion globally, according to a report issued today by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE). Prepared by Navigant Research, AEE’s 2017 Market Report also found that Asia Pacific led the microgrid market followed by North America. In the United States, the microgrid market continued … [Read more...]

Preparing for Emergencies with Wind, Solar, Energy Storage and Microgrids

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John Shenot, of the Regulatory Assistance Project, explains why wind, solar, energy storage and microgrids are becoming attractive to planners focused on resilience. Resilience is a character trait that is universally admired and respected in people. In recent years, it has also gained attention as a new imperative for infrastructure planning … [Read more...]

Sustainable Microgrid Technologies for the Next Generation: University of Missouri

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Sustainable microgrid technologies are helping the University of Missouri achieve its carbon reduction goals. We explain the evolution of the microgrid in this excerpt from Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence. The University of Missouri (Mizzou) has been able to reduce its coal consumption by 73 … [Read more...]

Scotland Center Seeks Marine Microgrid & Other News from Navigant, SEL, Microgrid Labs

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Marine testing center seeks microgrid The European Marine Energy Center has issued a solicitation seeking a microgrid solution for testing marine energy converters. Specifically, the center seeks proposals for design and delivery of a simulated grid solution to facilitate the testing of small scale wave and tidal energy converters at its … [Read more...]

Renewables and Microgrids and Nothing Else: Crazy or Maybe?

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Renewables and microgrids are natural companions on the electric grid. Could the day come when we have a grid of all microgrids run on 100 percent renewables? For most advanced economies the idea of no centralized grid and no fossil fuels is at best far in the future. But all audacious goals begin one step at a time. And such is the case for a … [Read more...]

Solar, Storage and Controls All in One Talking “Personal Energy” Unit

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Solar, storage and controls are all wrapped into SolPad “personal energy” units soon to be available from SolPad, a startup company that says its units are modular, easy to install and priced lower than the competition. "The total installed cost for the SolPad Home is up to 50 percent lower than any incumbent, like Tesla's Powerwall,"  said … [Read more...]