Microgrids and EVs can make magic with the right market signals

Electric vehicles (EVs) could become important microgrid assets that reap income by providing grid services. But there's a glitch — a lack of market signals from the grid in many places. However, a growing number of cities and other organizations are pairing EVs and vehicle-to-grid programs with microgrids to test the idea, expecting to reap not … [Read more...]

Remember when powering your house with your vehicle was a wild idea?

A few years ago, the thought of using the batteries in electric vehicles (EVs) to provide vehicle-to-grid (V2G), vehicle-to-microgrid or vehicle-to-home power was just an idea, maybe even a wild idea. Now these programs are inching toward reality, with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Snohomish Public Utility District (PUD), … [Read more...]

Hotel microgrids cut energy costs, meet demand from guests for sustainability

Travelers are looking for accommodations that meet sustainability goals, and a hotel microgrid can help meet that demand with financial help from federal incentives and participation in energy markets. Travelers have good reason to search for sustainable hotels. Because hotels operate 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and include refrigeration, … [Read more...]

Green hydrogen – the critical element for mobile DERs

Lauren Flanagan, the executive chair and co-founder of Sesame Solar, shares insights on how distributed energy resource (DER) systems can integrate solar, battery storage and green hydrogen backup power for mobile, emergency power applications. In his 2002 groundbreaking book, "The Hydrogen Economy," Jeremy Rifkin predicted that hydrogen … [Read more...]

Why do data center operators choose diesel backup over cleaner microgrids?

Operators of data centers — which consume high amounts of electricity per square foot of space — generally choose diesel backup systems over cleaner microgrids, sticking to the tried and true and believing that diesel provides the best reliability option. But that conservative choice yields emissions of carbon and particulates and misses … [Read more...]

Here comes the future: Bronzeville ‘microgrid cluster’ set to begin operating this year

Commonwealth Edison’s (ComEd) Bronzeville Community Microgrid is a much-watched project that, for the first time in the US, creates a utility microgrid cluster, in this case by linking with the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) microgrid. This means that during an outage, IIT’s microgrid and the Bronzeville microgrid can both island … [Read more...]

Are Second Life EV Batteries Game Changers for Microgrid Owners and the Grid?

Second life electric vehicle batteries can lower costs and provide environmental benefits to microgrid owners and utilities. But getting them up and running at a reasonable cost isn’t always easy. Here’s what happens with electric vehicle  batteries before they find new lives: They’re generally retired after about 10 years, leaving up to … [Read more...]

UK Microgrid Project Offers Path to Residential Electrification

A new zero-carbon microgrid development underway in the UK could pilot a route to the use of microgrids that add far greater value to energy consumers. The Grove Park housing and business development at Sellindge, near Ashford in Kent, will be powered exclusively via a renewable energy plus storage microgrid coupled with a smart grid … [Read more...]

Trends Creating Tail Winds for the Microgrid Industry

“All winds are blowing in the direction of microgrids,” said Annette Clayton, CEO of Schneider North America in an interview with Microgrid Knowledge this week. The interview followed Schneider Electric's Innovation Summit North America 2021, a Nov. 10 teleconference that focused on energy resilience and sustainability. Speakers identified … [Read more...]

In Unique Deal, California Utility Places Monetary Value on Microgrid Use to Help Avert Crises

In a move that recognizes the value of clean microgrid power to avert grid emergencies, California utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar inked a deal under which Miramar would provide generation from its microgrid during September and October 2021 to help avert emergencies. The deal, … [Read more...]