Remote Microgrid Projects on the Rise; Market Attracts Tesla

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Tesla and other energy storage players see a rising market for remote microgrid projects in what’s shaping up to be an “important year of ground-laying,” says a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The companies are installing battery-based microgrids to replace diesel energy on far-flung islands or to bring clean and steady … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Microgrid Goes Live and We Ask, “Has the Industry Crossed the Chasm?”

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Two carefully-watched microgrids took big steps forward April 6. The Schneider Electric microgrid was unveiled in Massachusetts, and Duke Energy won regulatory approval for its unusual Mount Sterling project in North Carolina. The success of these projects brings good news to the young microgrid industry. But it is still not clear whether … [Read more...]

The US Air Force Foresees a Mobile Microgrid that Can be Built in an Hour

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Donna Lindner, of the US Air Force Research Laboratory, describes work under way to create a mobile microgrid that can be set up fast at forward operating bases. Today’s expeditionary military forces require steady, reliable energy sources to power worldwide missions. Diverse field environments and a move towards cost-effective, resilient … [Read more...]

Facebook and Microsoft Seed $50M Fund for Energy Access Microgrids

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Facebook and Microsoft are seeding a new $50 million investment fund to create profitable business models for energy access microgrids in areas of the world that lack electricity. Launched April 3, the Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) will initially focus on projects over 5 kW in India, Indonesia and East Africa. Alexia Kelly, CEO of … [Read more...]

Horizon Power’s Plan to Become the Leading Company for Microgrids in the World

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RenewEconomy’s Giles Parkinson describes an effort by Australia's Horizon Power to reduce fossil fuel subsidies and become the leading company for microgrids in the world. The Australian government’s official position on fossil fuel subsidies is that it doesn’t pay any. Leaving aside the unmet environmental and climate costs of burning fossil … [Read more...]

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...]

Gas Turbine Microgrids: What’s Next as They Become Smarter?

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Gas turbine microgrids are getting smarter, offering new services, and gaining new customers, as we explain in this excerpt from Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence. Gas turbine microgrids are growing in sophistication as microgrid controllers become more advanced. Control technology tends to … [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...]

Hybrid Microgrid in Italy to Include Concentrating Solar Power

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Development is underway on the Italian island of Sardinia of a 1.2 MW hybrid microgrid that incorporates concentrating solar power (CSP), a diversion from the more common use of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in microgrids. CSP condenses the sun's rays into a small area, typically through use of mirrors or lenses, to produce heat and steam for … [Read more...]

More Good News for Duke on Renewable Microgrid in Great Smoky Mountains

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Duke Energy has received more good news on its plan to build a renewable microgrid on Mount Sterling, this time with the staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) recommending approval. In addition, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, often a tough critic of the utility, has given the project its blessing and … [Read more...]