How the World Defines Microgrids and Why You are Confused

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Microgrid, mini-grid, picogrid… All this tiny terminology can add up to some big confusion. Even the industry itself defines microgrids in different ways. Microgrids, mini-grids and picogrids have some things in common: they are all locally generated, locally distributed sources of clean energy. Is it all just a matter of to-MAY-to, … [Read more...]

How the Microgrid Industry Changed in 2016: A Ben & Jerry’s Year

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Consider 2016 a Ben & Jerry’s year for the microgrid industry. Microgrids expanded, not just in number, but in flavor. Plain vanilla microgrids gave way to a range of new kinds: virtual microgrids, blockchain microgrids, even flying microgrids, to name a few. Product differentiation reigned in 2016. But worldwide geographic expansion … [Read more...]

Sungrow Connects China’s Largest Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Project…Plus News from CALMAC & EHT

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China's largest solar plus storage microgrid project up and running in Tibet  China’s largest solar plus storage microgrid project is now connected to the grid in a high-elevation area of Shuanghu. Located in China’s Tibet province, the microgrid -- powered by Sungrow -- includes 13 MW of PV inverters, 7 MW of energy storage inverters, and 23.5 … [Read more...]

Navigant Counts 126 New Microgrid Projects & Other News from Ameresco, Demand Energy and UET

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Navigant identifies 126 new microgrid projects; US still on top Navigant has identified 126 new microgrid projects in its recently released 4Q16 microgrid deployment tracker. In all, Navigant counted 1,681 microgrid projects worldwide, representing 16,552.8 MW. While still nascent, the microgrid industry is slated for steep growth, according … [Read more...]

Microgrid Order for Capstone Turbine, Plus News From Fluidic Energy and More

Capstone Turbine receives major microgrid order Capstone Turbine received a large order for its low-emission microturbine systems from long-time oil and gas customer Horizon Power Systems to help boost products using a growing microgrid system. Horizon Power Systems, Capstone’s distributor for the Eagle Ford, Permian, Barnett, Mancos, San … [Read more...]

Update: $30M in Microgrid Funds Now Available in Connecticut Following Vote

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The Connecticut State Bond Commission Tuesday voted to release $30 million in microgrid funds for new projects in the third round of the state’s grant and loan program. The state began accepting applications for the latest round of microgrid funds about a year ago. But the money was not yet available, which the state believes caused an … [Read more...]

A Boost for Siemens Microgrid Software…Big Real Estate Meets Hybrid Electric Buildings…Wesleyan Microgrid Goes Solar

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Siemens microgrid software to gain from Digital Grid Services Siemens has introduced a new Digital Grid Services platform for the U.S. market, which it says will enhance its microgrid software, along with other aspects of its grid portfolio. The platform allows utilities to better access an increasingly digital operational environment through … [Read more...]

Avista to Test Economic Model for Utility Microgrids

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Avista plans to demonstrate that investing in utility microgrids is good for all ratepayers. The Washington-based utility and its partners this week outlined plans to test the economic case for utility microgrids with a $7 million project. The microgrid is part of a larger smart cities initiative in Spokane. Heather Rosentrater, Avista vice … [Read more...]

Microgrid Research: Building a Race Car While Racing in the Grand Prix

At the British Columbia Institute of Technology, researchers hope that their microgrid research will someday create a living lab that allows the entire campus to island from the grid. But here's the problem: conducting the research is like building a race car while participating in the Grand Prix, said Hassan Farhangi, director of the Smart … [Read more...]

Ideal Power & Enerdel Team on Mobile Military Microgrid & News from MIT, AutoGrid & Total

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Mobile military microgrid keeps convoys off dangerous roads Ideal Power and Enerdel have teamed up on energy storage for a mobile military microgrid. The system is designed to reduce the need for diesel generators at remote bases. Military convoys sometimes must traverse hostile territory to deliver the diesel. Researchers in the Air Force … [Read more...]