Sweden’s Summer Sunshine Stored in Hydrogen for the Winter

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Renovations to six public housing buildings in the small town of Vårgårda, South West Sweden will allow them to run on renewable energy all year round. Electricity and heat from a microgrid combining solar panels, batteries, heat pumps, hydrogen production and storage and hydrogen fuel cells will supply the 172 apartments. “We will be … [Read more...]

Fit for the Future: Hamburg’s Hydrogen Fueled Combined Heat and Power Plant

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INNIO, an Austria-based energy solutions provider, has teamed up with HansWerk AG, a German energy service provider, to deliver a 1 MW hydrogen fueled combined heat and power (CHP) pilot plant in the center of Hamburg, Germany. The pilot will demonstrate readiness for a green gas grid by running the grid-connected gas fired CHP plant with … [Read more...]

Microgrids Heat up South Africa’s Water

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Spurred on by a conversation with his father about the expense of operating an electric boiler for hot water, André Nel, founder of South Africa-based Eco-V, set out in search of a solution. That led to a technology, GreenTower, that uses hybrid solar microgrids to treat and heat borehole water. “The solution we have found a viable … [Read more...]

Sophisticated ‘Air Gap Microgrids,’ Invisible to the Utility

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'Air gap microgrids' -- DC microgrids electrically separated from the utility -- open up the opportunity for installing and adapting microgrids with fewer permitting requirements and less strain on the utility’s grid system. North American microgrids are normally connected to the grid with AC coupling. Each item of equipment in the … [Read more...]

World’s First Grid Connected Baseload Tidal Power Station

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After delivering the world’s first subsea grid connected tidal array in 2016, clean tech company Nova Innovation has followed up with another world first -- a tidal array and Tesla battery providing baseload tidal power to the grid. The system provides some of the electricity for the 23,000 inhabitants of the Shetland Islands, a Scottish … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric Teams with Arensis on Blockchain Software for Microgrids

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Schneider Electric and software company Arensis will team up to develop smart microgrids using blockchain to help those in remote areas of the world make electricity transactions. A major player in microgrids, Schneider Electric has already delivered several distributed energy projects with California-based Arensis. The companies will now … [Read more...]

Economics Stack up for Microgrids with Long Duration Energy Storage

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Long duration energy storage offers “value-add economics” for microgrids and renewables integrations, according to a recent report from Lux Research. The research and advisory services firm modeled the cost of deploying different technologies for long duration energy storage for five key services: peaker plant replacement, renewables … [Read more...]

The Future Looks Increasingly Electric: Report on 2050

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A report issued today by DNV GL finds electricity consumption rising worldwide by 2050, transmission and distribution systems expanding, and a continuing role for microgrids. Electricity generation will account for 45 percent of all energy demand by 2050, more than double the current rate, according to DNV GL’s “Energy Transition Outlook … [Read more...]

Financing Microgrids in Haiti, Puerto Rico & Other Developing Communities

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Remote microgrids pay off in the long run by bringing power to developing communities around the world that lack access to electricity. But up-front capital is often unavailable to get the projects underway. Areas of the world with the highest energy poverty are those closest to the equator, giving them the greatest solar generation … [Read more...]

Open Networks: Laying the Foundation for the UK’s Future Electricity Grid

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Yasmin Ali, a London-based writer for Microgrid Knowledge, offers insight into the transformation occuring on the UK grid, as distributed energy increasingly gives consumers an opportunity to become power producers. A county in the southwestern tip of England is trialing technology that could have broad implications for the way power is … [Read more...]