Dynapower’s Storage-only Energy Inverter Becomes First to Achieve Key Certification

Dynapower, a Vermont-based company with a decade of experience in microgrids, recently achieved a first by winning a key smart inverter certification for its storage-only energy inverter. Specifically, Dynapower’s MPS-250 inverter met UL 1741 SA, the draft requirements for smart inverters. Intertek, a total quality assurance provider for … [Read more...]

Small Texas Microgrid Company Receives $10 Million Boost from Utility Investors

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Texas microgrid company Enchanted Rock (ERock) has won $10 million in institutional financing from Energy Impact Partners (EIP), a consortium of global utilities. The investment comes as the small microgrid company makes its mark with an innovative business model, what it calls Demand Electric Reliability. ERock aggregates natural gas … [Read more...]

A Gas Turbine Microgrid Offers a Prescription for Sustainable Energy

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A gas turbine microgrid at a Texas hospital benefits the larger community, thanks to a utility/customer partnership, as we explain in this excerpt from Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence. When Seton Healthcare Family was planning the Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, Texas, reliability was an … [Read more...]

Key Factors to Reliable Microgrid Control System Integration

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Scott Manson, of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, covers the key factors behind reliable microgrid control system integration.  Making the microgrids of tomorrow as reliable as the conventional macrogrid power systems of today is a significant challenge. Microgrids capable of islanded operation must … [Read more...]

Creating a Smart City? Do this First

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Creating a smart city without first building a smart grid is a recipe for trouble. Power outages and an automated society are not friends. Unfortunately, this basic fact gets obscured by the shiny objects smart cities promise: electric vehicles that find their own parking spaces, intelligent streetlights that double as safety patrols, … [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...]

Australia Launches Digital Energy Exchange for Rooftop Solar and Storage

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Sophie Vorrath, of One Step Off the Grid, describes a new government-backed digital energy exchange that allows trading of local solar and storage in Australia. The Australian energy market is set for a major shake-up with the launch of a major new government-backed initiative to create an open marketplace for locally generated and stored … [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...]

Energy Storage in Wholesale Markets: Microgrids as Big Batteries?

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Comments have poured into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in recent weeks on proposed rules that industry players say would boost energy storage in wholesale markets and open new opportunity for microgrids. Issued in November, the FERC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) attempts to smooth the way for energy storage to transact … [Read more...]