Ameresco to Build 10-MW Military Microgrid in South Carolina

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Ameresco plans to begin construction in the spring on a 10-MW military microgrid at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in Parris Island, South Carolina. The Massachusetts company will integrate new on-site generation and battery energy storage into the microgrid under a task order with the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary … [Read more...]

The Life and Death Value of Energy Storage in Military Microgrids

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At military microgrids in hostile territory, reducing fuel use is more than a green effort; it’s a life-saving endeavor. Afghanistan offered an eye-opener. Vulnerable to attack, one in 24 U.S. fuel supply convoys resulted in a casualty there, according to an Army study. “Lives are lost. The fewer tanker trucks they have to take out, the … [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...]

Australia’s Growing Microgrid Market Brings Together Powerhouse Team

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A new joint venture signals rapid transformation of Australia's microgrid market. Sophie Vorrath, of One Step Off the Grid, explains. Australia’s budding – and potentially massive – microgrid market is the focus of a major new deal between two industry powerhouses this week: property and infrastructure group Lendlease Services and leading solar … [Read more...]

Military Microgrid Begins Operating in Arizona; Also Benefits Civilians

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A 25-MW military microgrid began operating this week at an air station in Yuma, Arizona, offering an example of how a single microgrid can benefit both military operations and civilians. Arizona Public Service (APS), the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps on Thursday announced the completion of the microgrid at Marine Corps Air … [Read more...]

IPERC to Install Cybersecure Microgrid at Fort Belvoir

The Department of Defense has selected IPERC (Intelligent Power & Energy Research Corporation) to design and install a multi-megawatt cybersecure microgrid at Fort Belvoir, VA. IPERC won the competitive selection as part of the military's FY16 Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) program. The program … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids Move Ahead in Massachusetts and California…Veolia Finishes Boston Green Steam Project

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Military microgrids advance at Otis AFB and MCAS Miramar High ranking military and government officials were scheduled to gather today to see the latest plans for a military microgrid at the Otis Air National Base on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The leadership summit, held at the military base in Bourne, is a step in making the project a showcase … [Read more...]

How to Pay for Utility Microgrids? Arizona May Offer Answers

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An issue puzzling the power industry – how to pay for utility microgrids – is being taken up in a rate case now underway before the Arizona Corporation Commission. Arizona Public Service (APS), the state’s largest utility, seeks to recover costs for two microgrids, a 63-MW data center microgrid and a 25-MW military microgrid. The utility made … [Read more...]

How Military Microgrids Boost Energy Reliability and Efficiency for the Marine Corps

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Military microgrids can save the Marine Corps hundreds of man hours, reduce fuel use, and lower costs through automatic load sharing. U.S. Marine Private Robert Bliss explains. The high-tech gear the Marine Corps uses continues to evolve each year. Power generators allow the Marine Corps to operate its gear no matter the environment. Recently, … [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...]