Storm-Struck PECO Proposes Two Integrated Community Microgrids

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Plagued by power outages due to storms, PECO on May 18 filed a plan with Pennsylvania regulators to build two integrated community microgrids for a high density neighborhood with an 8.6 MW load. "Severe weather is a leading cause of power outages in PECO’s service territory. For example, as a consequence of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, approximately … [Read more...]

What’s behind Caterpillar’s New Hybrid Microgrid Play? Here’s a Deeper Look

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Caterpillar became the latest big infrastructure company to unveil a microgrid play with the recent launch of its hybrid microgrid into the global market. The Cat hybrid technology combines solar, energy storage and fossil fuels and will focus on projects 10 kW to 100 MW. A $47 billion company, Cat intends to leverage its global distribution … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technology Increases Uptime for Artificial Lift Equipment and Other Quick News

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Microgrid Technology Increases Uptime and Production for Artificial Lift Equipment An updated microgrid technology from FlexGen aims to cure the problems that plague artificial lift equipment. (Think: electric submersible pumps, gas lift, and rod pumps). Electrical reliability and power quality problems are all too common and result in high energy … [Read more...]

DC-linked Microgrid Planned…Wind-Powered Microgrids Aim for Net Zero & More

DC-linked microgrid in Ontario Canadian company ARDA Power and Austria-based Gildemeister energy storage GmbH are collaborating on a DC-linked microgrid in Burlington, Ontario. The DC-linked microgrid will include multiple energy sources (among them solar and gas generation), energy storage, and direct current and alternating current … [Read more...]

In a Big Northwest Earthquake, Microgrids Can Prevent Outages

Microgrids can prevent blackouts

If a big earthquake strikes the Northwest, as predicted, microgrids can prevent outages, says Rhys Roth, director of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at Evergreen State College, which has released a report about how the Northwest can create an affordable, resilient and integrated energy system. "On the West Coast, … [Read more...]

Getting People’s Eyes & Hands on Microgrids with Exploration Station

Getting people's hands on microgrids

People who don't understand microgrids--or energy in general--can get their eyes and hands on microgrids with a portable Microgrid Exploration Station created by the Wisconsin Energy Institute. The exploration station is a great way of visualizing how microgrids operate--and also better understand how energy flows in general, says John Greenler, … [Read more...]

Battery/Diesel Grid-connected Microgrids: A Case Study of Future Microgrid Capabilities

Introduction As large scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many industrial utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS) which will likely be part of future microgrid systems. Based in Victoria, Australia, AusNet Services, the state’s largest energy … [Read more...]

Microgrid Configurations Increasingly Used in Smart Grid Research

More than half of the labs that responded to a survey from the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel are testing solar, inverters, energy storage or some combination of the three, and half are doing so in a microgrid configuration, according to SGIP. SGIP surveyed 35 utilities, national laboratories, universities and technology solution providers … [Read more...]

Playing Nice: What the Duke Energy Microgrid Test Bed Teaches

Integrating – not just adding distributed energy resources – is the key to strengthening the new grid. That realization is what led to the Duke Energy microgrid test bed, created with the help of an intriguingly named ‘Coalition of the Willing.’ The impetus for the project goes back to a few years ago, when the utility saw the explosive growth … [Read more...]

Infocast’s Microgrid Markets Summit East Announces Addition of U.S. DOE/MIT Microgrid Controller Demonstration and New Speakers

Infocast, a world leading business intelligence and networking events producer in renewable energy finance, investment, and development is excited to announce a new additions to the upcoming Microgrid Markets Summit East, scheduled for March 16-18, 2016 in Arlington, VA. Utility engineers face significant challenges in evaluating the potential … [Read more...]