The Microgrid Knowledge Europe Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in Europe including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

From Electricity to Stout with a Gas Turbine Microgrid

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The following is an excerpt from our recent guide, "Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence." Environmental futurist Amory Lovins famously said that people don’t want kilowatts of electricity; they want the byproducts: a cold beer and a hot shower. St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland, offers an … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Company sonnen Heightens US Play

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Watch out Tesla. German energy storage company sonnen is strengthening its presence on the U.S. East Coast with an investment in its Atlanta, Ga. plant. Pushing virtual power and other battery-based innovations, sonnen plans to combine under one roof all of its U.S. product development and manufacturing. It's calling the Georgia facility its … [Read more...]

How Daimler Used an Industrial Microgrid to Put a Robot on a Diet

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It’s hard to put industrial robots on a diet. They don’t use a lot of energy anyway, even with heavy lifting. But Daimler has managed to do it – with an industrial microgrid. Robots can consume the lion’s share of energy used for auto body construction, and Daimler wanted to reduce their energy costs. The German manufacturer of autos, trucks, … [Read more...]

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...]

Microgrids for Trains, Planes and Ships on the Rise

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Microgrids for trains, planes and ships are on the rise as the transportation industry seeks greener, more reliable power. The latest we've come upon is a plan by Imperial College London and 10:10 to work together on a project to create microgrid-like solar for trains. The Renewable Traction Power project will look into using track-side solar … [Read more...]

What Enel’s Buy of Demand Energy Says about Energy Storage and Microgrids

When a very big international company buys a very small company in an emerging area like energy storage and microgrids, you’ve got to ask, ‘What’s up?’ This week Italian energy giant Enel swooped in to take 100 percent ownership of Demand Energy, an entrepreneurial U.S. energy storage company based in Washington state. Pay attention U.S. … [Read more...]

Microgrids Have a Key Role to Play in a Low-Carbon Future

ABB's Maxine Ghavi describes how microgrids can improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people, while helping to meet national and global emissions targets. Cutting carbon emissions while meeting the growing energy needs of an expanding global population requires innovative, pioneering solutions. One is microgrids, powered by renewable … [Read more...]

Blockchain Energy Trading: What the Future Holds

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Stuart Ravens of Navigant Research describes the future of blockchain energy trading in an interview with Kat Friedrich of the Clean Energy Finance Forum and Conservation Finance Network. In Australia, Europe, and North America, energy companies are beginning to consider using blockchain technology for distributed-generation payments between … [Read more...]

Rival Energy Storage Companies Sonnen and Tesla Angle for Battery Market

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Rival energy storage companies sonnen and Tesla each started the week angling for the emerging smart battery market, with news of financing and partnerships. Sonnen is positioning to grow its virtual energy business sonnenCommunity, a move it sees boosted by $85 million in new equity investments. The German-based company is expanding on its … [Read more...]

Energy Storage and the Supermajors…6 Policies to Up Corporate Use of Renewables…& More News

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What Total's energy storage play means for supermajors French oil company Total is the first oil “supermajor” entering new areas of business including solar plus storage and distributed energy generation, Lux Research says, and the other global oil supermajors — BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Total — should follow … [Read more...]