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...]

Top 5 Microgrid White Papers of 2016

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Our library of microgrid white papers gives readers the chance to dive deeply into a range of distributed energy topics. What did our readers research the most in 2016? The most downloaded paper explored microgrid financing and how to achieve a maximum return with advanced controllers. Other microgrid white papers that drew significant … [Read more...]

Most Read Microgrid Articles in 2016 & the Companies Featured

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Our in-depth look at microgrid costs topped the list of most read microgrid articles in 2016. Readers also showed strong interest in stories about large market players and state and federal policy. Companies featured in the top 10 include ABB, Caterpillar, S&C Electric, Siemens, GE, Hitachi and National Grid. Notably, the story, “Hitachi … [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...]

Penn State Team Tests Hybrid Microgrid for Use Across the State

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Pennsylvania State University is testing a low-carbon hybrid microgrid in an attempt to create a transferable blueprint for additional microgrid sites across the state. The university has received funding to demonstrate a hybrid microgrid on a 600-kW “nano-loop” of an existing microgrid at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. The Navy Yard is an … [Read more...]

Medical Manufacturer Installs First Advanced Solar Plus Storage Microgrid in Costa Rica

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A Costa Rican medical manufacturer plans to install what’s being described as the first advanced solar plus storage microgrid in Central America. Establishment Labs will use the microgrid for critical back-up power, peak demand reduction and smoothing of solar variability. The microgrid also is designed to make the manufacturing plant more … [Read more...]

New Microgrid to Flatten ‘Reindeer Curve’ in North Pole

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The Smart Electric Power Alliance reports that a new microgrid has been proposed before the Arctic Public Utilities Commission. NORTH POLE -- Santa Claus (DBA Rudolph Red Worldwide LLC) has filed an application with the Arctic Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a 15-megawatt (MW) microgrid to ensure electric reliability and additional … [Read more...]

Microgrid Opportunity: What Stands in the Way for 2017?

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Microgrid opportunity grew in 2016 and next year looks even better. But government policy isn’t keeping up with grassroots demand, said Randy Grass vice president at POWER Engineers. Grass, who manages the transmission and distribution (T&D) division for the global consulting engineering firm, described the policy roadblocks during a … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Testing Facility in Colorado to Offer Flexible Plug-And-Play

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A new private microgrid testing facility in Colorado will offer a pay, plug and play alternative to government labs that it hopes will attract innovators worldwide. Managed by MRIGlobal, GridNXT is slated to open in the first quarter of 2017 on 1,900 acres near Denver. The microgrid facility evolved out of what began as SolarTAC, which … [Read more...]

Bronzeville Microgrid Moving Forward without Legislation

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The Bronzeville microgrid is still on, reports Kari Lydersen of Midwest Energy News, as Commonwealth Edison pursues a new funding strategy. Of the many provisions of the massive energy bill signed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, one that would have helped further fund advanced grid technology in the state didn’t make the cut. A version of the … [Read more...]