New GTM Report Forecasts $12.5B Microgrid Investment within US by 2022

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A report released today by GTM Research forecasts $12.5 billion in microgrid investment within the United States over the next six years. “U.S. Microgrids 2017: Market Drivers, Analysis and Forecast” identifies 3.2 GW of existing microgrid capacity growing to 6.5 GW by 2022, a 14.1 percent compound annual growth rate. The report shows a … [Read more...]

How to Create a Cybersecure Microgrid and Protect the Macrogrid Too

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This is the fourth article in a Microgrid Knowledge series that explores why we need to focus on microgrid cybersecurity and how to create a cybersecure microgrid while also protecting the macrogrid.  Cybersecurity should be a prime consideration at the outset of microgrid design. If a microgrid is being installed for resilience, it doesn’t … [Read more...]

Schneider, Planet Ark Power Win Grant for Renewable Microgrid in South Australia

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Australian-based Planet Ark Power and multinational partner Schneider Electric have won a $1.95 million grant towards a $13.9 million renewable microgrid at a major distribution center in South Australia's capital city Adelaide. The project includes a microgrid management system governing 5.7 MW of solar photovoltaics and 2.9 MWh of battery … [Read more...]

Air Force to Build a Renewable Energy Microgrid on Remote Wake Island

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Looking to conserve fuel costs and boost energy reliability, the U.S. Air Force has awarded a contract to build a renewable energy microgrid on its Wake Island base in the North Pacific Ocean. Project partner Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS) will design, engineer, and construct the microgrid, which includes a 740 kW DC ground mounted … [Read more...]

Dynapower Receives Patent for Dynamic Transfer Technology

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued Dynapower a patent for its Dynamic Transfer technology, which allows for seamless transition from grid-tied to back-up battery power during a grid outage. The technology aims to help reduce the $120 billion that the Electric Power Research Institute estimates the U.S. faces annually in power … [Read more...]

Illinois is the Grid Modernization Market to Watch: Report

Illinois is emerging as the best kept secret in grid modernization, taking big strides that go unnoticed in the shadow of high visibility coastal states that are pushing for flashier industry reforms. That's the word from a new report, “Generation to Generation: An Energy Evolution," by management consulting firm ScottMadden. The report finds … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2017 Video Series: What’s Moving Microgrids Forward Today

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At this November's sold out Microgrid 2017 in Boston, conference organizers and Microgrid Knowledge chief editor Elisa Wood interviewed a variety of energy industry leaders to offer a survey of hot topics in the microgrid market today. Browse the Microgrid 2017 video gallery below to stay up to speed on what trends are moving microgrids forward … [Read more...]

Exploring How Microgrids are Changing the Role of the Utility

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In this video interview from Microgrid 2017 in Boston, Daniel Wycklendt, business development manager, distribution automation at G&W Electric, describes utility transformation in the era of the microgrid. Kevin Normandeau, publisher of Microgrid Knowledge, asked Wycklendt about the buzz at the recent event, and what G&W Electric … [Read more...]

Siemens Launches First Zero-Emission, Trolley-Style Electric Highway in the US

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With its zero-emission electric highway demonstration — the first of its kind in the US — Siemens aims to reduce the smog-creating emissions from heavy-duty trucks in southern California, the area's number one source of air pollution. The project creates a one-mile, trolley-style highway for heavy-duty trucks in Carson, near the ports of Long … [Read more...]

Fast Load Shedding, Automated Protective Relays and GOOSE Communications

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives,  Ameresco's Troy Wilsey explores how tools like fast load shedding, automated protective relays, GOOSE communications and more can improve energy resiliency.  Use of the noun resiliency, or resilience, has increased significantly in recent years. That's true in the mainstream media, and it's the case more … [Read more...]