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Modular microgrids: Driving the soft costs away via standardization

Norm Campbell, federal team manager at Go Electric, discusses how modular microgrids and standardization can reduce the costs of microgrids. As a manufacturer of battery enabled microgrid systems, we hear a consistent message from end customers that microgrid systems are too expensive to install and have too little payback. This would be … [Read more...]

Plug-and-Play Modular Microgrids Gain Market Momentum

Peter Asmus of Guidehouse describes results of his new report on the global potential for modular microgrids, systems that can be "pieced together like Lego blocks, thereby shrinking design and deployment costs." The beauty of the microgrid is it can be customized to meet the precise resiliency, economic, and environmental goals of any … [Read more...]

The Case for Microgrids on Skids: Small and Modular

In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Steve Pullins and Brian Levite explore the possibilities of small, modular microgrid solutions that could be designed once and built in a controlled environment; what they are calling microgrids on skids. The case for microgrids has been made many times here on the pages of Microgrid Knowledge. The … [Read more...]

ABB’s Modular Microgrid, Enel’s Disruptive Energy Tech, Mercedes Benz Home Storage

ABB seeks partners to trial new modular microgrid ABB plans to make a modular microgrid widely available at the end of 2017 that is suited to remote communities, extreme environments and places that lack access to reliable grid power. The MGS100 is also designed for small commercial and industrial facilities with inconsistent grid supply, so … [Read more...]

Modular Microgrids: Are They the Future, Will They Liberate Microgrids?

Modular microgrids are on their way in. In fact, they boast so many benefits they could liberate microgrids. And why exactly do microgrids need to be liberated? It's all spelled out in a Navigant Research whitepaper, "Liberating Microgrids (and All DER)," commissioned by Spirae, which markets a microgrid control platforms. The problem, … [Read more...]

Factory to Build Modular Microgrids in Hawaii

R.P. Delio and Company has opened a factory in Hawaii to build containerized, modular microgrids, a design that the company says will drive down costs and allow for quicker installation. The factory will build two types of microgrids using the company's proprietary Waypoint Power technology. One will contain inverters, AC power systems, and … [Read more...]

US builder plans 200,000 home microgrids using zinc batteries

The number of home microgrid communities is picking up, spurred by natural disasters, increasing energy prices and a desire to combat climate change. For example, energy costs were the main driver for the Silvies Valley Ranch outside of Burns, Oregon, where off-grid microgrids for each of 600 homes under development makes more financial … [Read more...]

Microgrid projects to the moon and back

Developers say microgrid projects are being planned pretty much everywhere now. I suspect they mean everywhere on Earth. It turns out they are thinking small. Why not a microgrid on the moon? A US federal lab thinks it's plausible — and may even be necessary — if we are to venture further to Mars. The Sandia National Laboratories is … [Read more...]

With a leadership change at its microgrid helm, what’s next for Schneider?

Schneider Electric is one of the biggest and most influential players in the microgrid market. Mark Feasel, the person who guided the company’s rise in microgrids, departed the company last month, leaving people asking, "What’s next for Schneider?" The answer is Jana Gerber, who became president of the company’s North American microgrid … [Read more...]

A nuclear microgrid? National lab sets out to test the idea

Microgrids use many kinds of energy, typically renewables, natural gas, diesel, fuel cells, batteries or combined heat and power. But we’ve yet to see a nuclear microgrid. Now the US’ top nuclear energy lab wants to change that. Idaho National Laboratory (INL), a Department of Energy (DOE) research facility, intends to build a prototype nuclear … [Read more...]