Florida Power and Light Partners with Florida International University on Microgrid

Hurricane season in the US continues through Nov. 30, so reminders to be ready for power outages are frequent in Florida. And when future outages occur, the microgrid built by a Florida Power and Light (FPL)-Florida International University (FIU) partnership will supply backup power to FIU's engineering center — considered one of the most high-tech … [Read more...]

Compass Energy Platform and Greener by Design to Team Up on Microgrids, Resilience Projects

New Jersey’s Greener by Design (GbD) and California-based Compass Energy Platform have formed a new partnership to build microgrids and resilient clean energy projects in various locations throughout the US. The partners intend to provide a one-stop shop offering a wide range of services: financing, project design, regulatory insight, … [Read more...]

Montgomery County’s Microgrid Electric Bus Depot Under Construction

Construction of a 5.6 MW microgrid with distributed energy generation, energy storage and over 2 MW of charging capacity is now underway at the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot in Montgomery County, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., after groundbreaking on Sept. 9. AlphaStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and the … [Read more...]

Briggs & Stratton Acquires SimpliPhi Power 

Engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton has acquired SimpliPhi Power, a California-based battery manufacturer whose technology can be found in many microgrids. Wisconsin-based Briggs & Stratton, which describes itself as the largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, plans to speed its growth into the energy … [Read more...]

Pandemic Created Slowdown but Didn’t Stop Completion of Snohomish County PUD’s Microgrid 

Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD), the second largest public utility in Washington state, started construction on its long-planned airport microgrid in Arlington, Washington, just a few weeks before the first case of COVID-19 in the US was identified. The airport is just a few miles from the PUD’s Everett, Washington, headquarters, … [Read more...]

Washington State Provides Funds for Nine Microgrids

Washington State announced $3.9 million in grants from the state’s Clean Energy Fund on Aug. 25, to design and build 18 electric grid modernization projects, including microgrids. Nine of the projects include microgrids and all help Washington’s utilities move the state closer to its 2045 goal of having 100% of its electricity supply free of … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Market Continues to See Growth in Digitization, Decentralization and Decarbonization

The advancement of microgrids is part of a larger trend bringing more digitization, decentralization and decarbonization to the power industry. Technology is moving faster, and today's customers may select power from cleaner sources, generate it on their rooftop, use it more easily with connected Wi-Fi options and save money while connecting these … [Read more...]

Greener Mining Microgrid from Hitachi ABB … Sony and LF Energy’s New Trading Platform…Emera and Novonix to Develop Battery Pack

Greener mining from Hitachi ABB at microgrid in Indonesia  A new Hitachi ABB microgrid system is providing greener mining operations and continuous power for off-grid mining operations at Indo Tambangraya Megah's (ITM) facility in Bontang, East Kalimantan.  The microgrid is the largest of its kind in Indonesia. It uses solar power to … [Read more...]

Can Flow Battery Project Add Microgrid Reliability With Zero Emissions?

Two years ago, a new vanadium flow battery helped support California's energy grid and keep it safe from additional wildfire outages. Now, the battery is making news at a San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) substation as the first of its kind to use the emerging flow technology with microgrids to power communities and critical facilities with … [Read more...]

After Hurricanes, Rebuild Includes Microgrid on St. Thomas

California-based Capstone Turbine is providing microturbines for a microgrid project underway at the Estate Donoe Redevelopment Housing Project in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.  The redevelopment project will replace the Estate Donoe public housing complex damaged by Hurricanes Marilyn, Irma and Maria. The project includes new housing, … [Read more...]