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...]

Distributed Energy Storage Reduces Demand via 8,000 Batteries

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A distributed energy storage network of 8,000 batteries located at 7,000 telecom facilities in France has reduced utility demand by 10 to 15 MW during two demand response events. And now the company that managed the program wants to bring it to the U.S. Actility, which provides IoT-based grid balancing and demand response programs, wants to … [Read more...]

Americans Worry about a Potental Grid Attack: Poll

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Americans worry about a potential grid attack, yet are unprepared if one occurs, according to a new poll released by the not-for-profit group Protect Our Power (POP). More than 60 percent of the 1,207 Americans polled in March fear cyber or physical attacks from foreign enemies. Roughly the same number see themselves as unprepared for a power … [Read more...]

Fort Custer Plans a Demonstration Microgrid to Reduce Energy Surety Costs

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The U.S. Department of Defense plans to develop a demonstration microgrid project at the Fort Custer Training Center in Michigan aimed at reducing costs for energy surety where military facilities are in close proximity to each other. Advanced technology developer Electricore will lead the project with support from power company Eaton and local … [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...]

Why Energy Blockchain Intrigues Big Players Like Siemens

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Not so long ago energy blockchain technology had the futuristic feel of flying cars or colonies on Mars. But that has changed in recent months as credible players step in to test the transaction platform. Among them is energy giant Siemens, which formed a partnership in November with a startup, LO3 Energy, to figure out how to make energy … [Read more...]

Asian Utility Week to Highlight Growing Microgrid Market Opportunities

Asian Utility Week

The microgrid market is exploding in the Asia-Pacific region as countries including Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines try to increase power reliability. This trend will be highlighted at the upcoming Asian Utility Week large-scale expo, scheduled for May 24-25 at the Impact Arena, Exhibition and Convention Center in Bangkok. Asian … [Read more...]

Blackout Tracker Shows the 3,879 Times We Wished We Had More Microgrids

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Rogue lawn mowers. Toppling Cranes. Frogs and snakes. You never know what will cause power outages and get people thinking about microgrids. Eaton’s new Blackout Tracker Annual Report shows 3,879 instances last year when having more microgrids would have been nice. That’s the number of times the power went out for more than 48 minutes, affecting … [Read more...]

Flat Rates & Permitting Issues Undermine Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Market

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Flat utility rates, permitting issues, and ambiguous or nonexistent incentives are undermining the residential solar-plus-storage market, according to a new analysis. The report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and the US Department of Energy also analyzes the prices of solar PV-plus-storage and … [Read more...]

New Investment Firm to Finance Microgrids with an Initial $30M

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First comes government support for new energy technologies. Then, if the technology proves out, come private investors. So it's significant to note the launch this week of a new private firm to finance microgrids. Crescendo Power has formed to offer an initial $30 million in equity financing for commercial and industrial microgrids and … [Read more...]