Campus Microgrids Pushing New Generation of Development

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Colleges and universities were some of the earliest adopters of microgrids in North America. Campus microgrids initially sprang up out of the need for reliable energy sources as the grid was still developing. Now, a variety of drivers are pushing a new round of microgrid development on college campuses. A white paper from Hitachi, "New … [Read more...]

Brain Research Tools Could Help Revolutionize Energy Storage Technology

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Duke University brain science researchers are hoping to use electronics they developed for non-invasive brain stimulation to revolutionize energy storage technology, making batteries safer, more efficient and less expensive. The idea to apply brain science technologies to battery technology came from Stefan Goetz, an assistant professor of … [Read more...]

Advancing Microgrid Intelligence: Schneider’s Recent Upgrades to EcoStruxure

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Most of what's in a microgrid is easily recognizable, common components like distributed generators, batteries and inverters. What’s unique is the software, the brains of the system. So it’s not surprising that competing companies are working to advance and distinguish the technology that manages a microgrid. Schneider Electric is the latest to … [Read more...]

Funds for Microgrid Startups…JLM secures $25M…Making Solar Cybersecure

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Funding for NYC microgrid startups New York’s Urban Future Lab is now offering $50,000 awards plus incubation guidance for microgrid startups and other smart grid entrepreneurial efforts. Sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the clean tech incubation program helps scale new technologies. Called … [Read more...]

India Aims to Electrify All Households by End of 2018

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NRDC's Anjali Jaiswal and Nehmat Kaur describe India's new goal to electrify all households by the end of next year, an effort that covers 30 million homes. Scaling-up India’s ambition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a new program, Saubhagya Yojna, to electrify all rural and urban households by December 2018. The new program aims to … [Read more...]

Lessons from Natural Disasters Spur New Microgrids in Japan

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Political and grassroots public support for a resilient, non-nuclear and fossil fuel-free future is gaining traction and spurring development of new microgrids in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is advancing efforts to invest greater sums to develop smart villages, towns and cities with interconnected, … [Read more...]

Severe Storms Refocus City Leaders on Resiliency and Climate

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NRDC's Shelley Poticha describes a heightened focus on resiliency and climate by U.S. mayors following recent hurricanes in North America. Tough talk about meeting the challenges of climate change abounded among city leaders at a C40 event marking Climate Week NYC last week, with city leaders staking a claim as first responders in the face … [Read more...]

“Pax et Lux” – Tufts Lives Up to Its Motto as New Microgrid, Central Energy Plant Nears Completion

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Tufts University is among the growing number of Massachusetts-based institutions of higher education contributing to the state’s emergence as a hub and magnet for microgrid development and deployment. Tufts’ motto – Pax et Lux (Peace and Light) – is an apt one.  The university is nearing completion of a campus Central Energy Plant upgrade and … [Read more...]

Energy Storage Instead of Power Plants in NYC…Duke’s Battery Play…States Still Green

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Energy storage as solution to NYC power shortfall Thirty percent of New York City’s old fossil fuel plants are slated for retirement in the next five years. Could energy storage take their place? A new report, “New York City’s Aging Power Plants: Risks, Replacement Options and the Role of Energy Storage,” says it would be a wise environmental … [Read more...]

Major Australian Power Retailer Trials Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading

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Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes a new peer-to-peer blockchain energy trading trial underway in Australia. Another of Australia’s major power retailers, Origin Energy, has dipped its toe into the peer-to-peer energy trading future, with the launch of a trial with Perth-based blockchain energy market provider, Power … [Read more...]