Microgrids Protect Essential Water Services for California Residents During Outages

Communities can live without power, but they can’t survive without water. That’s why the Ventura County Public Works Agency's water and sanitation department in California is planning a microgrid at its Moorpark Water Reclamation Facility, which serves low-income residents. Microgrid provider PowerFlex is financing and installing the … [Read more...]

PowerGen Partners with CrossBoundary Energy Access to Develop 28 Minigrids in Rural Nigeria

PowerGen, a leading distributed energy developer in Africa, has partnered with CrossBoundary Energy Access to build 28 minigrids after securing $9 million in construction financing. Although the minigrids’ technical specifications are yet to be announced, PowerGen will develop and maintain systems to provide approximately 55,000 rural … [Read more...]

Bloom Energy Sues Santa Clara Again for Blocking Fuel Cells

Santa Clara, California, is effectively banning fuel cells to protect its municipal utility from competition, according to a suit filed by Bloom Energy, a fuel cell company. “The city has refused to process the pending applications by deeming them incomplete and demanding that Bloom instead pursue discretionary use permits as required for … [Read more...]

Understanding Microgrid Project and Operational Requirements

In a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens, we're providing a guide to help microgrid developers avoid the pain points that can wreck the financial and operational assumptions for a project. This second article in the series outlines Step 1: Understanding the Microgrid Project and Operational … [Read more...]

Carbon-Cutting Floating Wind Generators Power Microgrids for Oil and Gas Rigs

When oil and gas companies are looking for microgrids to power their offshore rigs, offshore wind has generally not been a technology of choice. Traditionally, oil and gas installations have used gas turbine generators to generate the electric power needed to run their drilling operations, which require several hundred megawatts for heating, … [Read more...]

Delivering on the Promise of Microgrids: A Guide for Microgrid Developers

In a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Siemens, we provide a guide to help microgrid developers avoid the pain points that can wreck the financial and operational assumptions for a project. This first article explores why delivering on the promise of microgrids is a challenge. Microgrids continue to gain … [Read more...]

Evolution of Microgrid Manufacturing

Tony Soverns, chief technology officer at Go Electric, explains why the next advances in the market will be driven by new microgrid manufacturing and production systems. When we talk about the evolution of microgrids, we tend to talk about the technology and its applications. We focus on the possibility of new advancements in energy storage, … [Read more...]

What Needs to be Done to Move the Microgrid Industry Forward? Q&A with SEL

Three challenges right now are electric resiliency, cybersecurity threats and a fragile grid. Scott Manson, engineering technology director for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL), explains how microgrids can help in an interview with Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, as part of the Microgrid 2021 Executive Interview … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Resources for Your Microgrid

What must you consider in choosing the right resources for your microgrid? What role might renewable energy, fossil fuels, fuel cells, energy storage and electric vehicles play? What is the upside and downside of each? Microgrid Knowledge asked experts at Microgrid 2021 to weigh in on these questions in a series of interviews. Below Ethan … [Read more...]

How Does Hardware In the Loop Work in the Real World

In the sixth and final article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Typhoon HIL, we're presenting two examples of organizations that have used Hardware in the Loop (HIL) to validate their microgrid systems. An additional case study is available exclusively in the full report.  CASE STUDY 1: Duke Energy | … [Read more...]