Flash-Charging E-Bus System in China Expected to Charge in Seconds

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A collaboration between ABB and China electric bus (e-bus) manufacturer King Long Motor Group holds the promise of a flash-charging system for e-buses that opens the door to electric vehicle-to-grid and development of urban microgrids. ABB and King Long are in the midst of developing a pilot project in China. King Long is designing and … [Read more...]

Hawaiian Island will Create a Virtual Power Plant from 1,000 Solar Homes

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Sunrun and Open Access Technology International (OATI) will create what they describe as the world's largest residential virtual power plant (VPP) by managing the electricity from some 1,000 rooftop solar-plus-storage systems to be installed on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu. Under a four-year contract beginning in 2020, Sunrun and OATI will … [Read more...]

Microgrids Made Easier — and Smarter — with Software that uses Artificial Intelligence

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Good things don't always come easily. Microgrids are no exception. "The process of developing microgrids can be costly. It begins with a feasibility study reaching hundreds of thousands of dollars, even before any design, procurement and installation," said Kay Aikin, CEO of US-based Introspective Systems."Moreover, those feasibility studies … [Read more...]

Water but No Grid: A Microgrid Solves Dilemma for UAE Agricultural Operation

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There was water, but no electric grid at the site Themar Al Emarat chose for its new hydroponic farm in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The agricultural company found the solution in a 5.94 MW off-grid microgrid. Key to the farm's success is the ability to cool and chill water for cultivating mushrooms, lettuce and other crops for local … [Read more...]

Researching the Human Side of Microgrids, Too, for Storm-Battered Tallahassee

Battered by Hurricane Michael last year, the City of Tallahassee and researchers are trying to design a storm-hardened microgrid system, one that considers both engineering and human psychology. The city is working with a cross-disciplinary research team from Colorado State University (CSU) that won a  $194,000 grant in June from the National … [Read more...]

Ontario First Nation Sets Clean Energy Milestone with Microgrid

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Gull Bay First Nation and utility partner Ontario Power Generation (OPG) set a clean energy milestone for off-grid Canadian indigenous communities recently with the commissioning of a hybrid solar-plus-storage microgrid. The $6 million system has the capacity to meet the entire community's electricity needs for 11-12 hours per day when … [Read more...]

PowerGen-E.ON Deal Boosts Microgrids, Minigrids, Micro-utilities in Africa

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PowerGen Renewable Energy, a leading player in Sub-Saharan Africa's fledgling, but fast growing markets for microgrids, minigrids and micro-utilities, acquired the Tanzanian microgrid assets of another emerging market leader, Rafiki Power, aka E.ON Off-Grid Solutions. The acquisition furthers PowerGen Renewable Energy's goal of creating … [Read more...]

Microgrid to Serve as Core of $110-$120M Connecticut Mixed-Use Project

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The developer of a $110-$120 million mixed use project in Manchester, Connecticut plans to incorporate a microgrid that taps into opportunity zone federal tax breaks. The Manchester Broad Street Parkade microgrid will include around 1 MW of solar PV,  2-3 MW of natural gas-fired combined heat and power, batteries, and a water heating … [Read more...]

Microgrid Shows Lebanon Way Out of Pollution and Power Outages

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A solar-plus-storage microgrid in Lebanon is demonstrating a way the country can overcome its pollution and lack of energy access while boosting economic development. For a month running, Recycle Beirut and an adjacent residential building have been receiving all of the electricity they need with a microgrid that uses 100-kW of solar and a 100 … [Read more...]

Connecticut Supercharges Plan for World’s Largest Fuel Cell Microgrid at $1 Billion Data Center

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Connecticut has supercharged development of a 20-MW fuel cell microgrid — part of a $1 billion data center project in New Britain — with a 10-year, $55.2 million sales and use tax exemption. EIP Investments intends to build a microgrid spanning 45,000 square-feet on the site of a shuttered Stanley Black & Decker manufacturing plant in … [Read more...]