Let’s Count the Many Ways Microgrids Serve the Greater Good

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If you think of microgrids as mere backup power, think again. That was the message from panelists at Microgrid 2018 who described how microgrids serve the greater good in the U.S and abroad. Their projects include electrifying parts of Somalia, helping prevent brain drain in Africa and India, cost-effectively solving a utility’s peak problems in … [Read more...]

Microgrid Market Growing, But Education about Benefits Needed

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The microgrid market is growing — at different paces in different segments — but the industry needs to educate others about its benefits, according to leading industry members. “I would consider the current microgrid market to be highly diverse. There are opportunities to be involved in utility, building, campus, government, and industrial … [Read more...]

Microgrid Clustering and the Dilemma of Human Nature

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It won’t happen overnight, but eventually microgrids will interact with each other to achieve greater efficiencies, a concept known as microgrid clustering or grid-of-microgrids. How much and how soon remains to be seen, but clustering is beginning. Commonwealth Edison is the first utility to move forward with a microgrid cluster of … [Read more...]

Microgrid Controllers: What…or Who…is Behind the Curtain?

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In this edition of Industry Perspectives, Peter Asmus, research director at Navigant Research, explores how microgrid controllers are at the forefront of microgrid industry evolution.  To many, the mystery behind the curtain of what is and what is not a good microgrid controller may feel a little like the Wizard of Oz. Often referred to as … [Read more...]

Here’s How Repeatable and Turnkey Microgrids Can Drive Down Costs

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What's the key to unlocking the commercial and industrial market? Repeatable and turnkey microgrids, says Lisa Laughner, president and CEO, Go Electric, a microgrid provider. Most microgrids today are custom designed, which can be expensive. Standardization drives down cost. “In order for commercial and industrial customers to readily … [Read more...]

The Microgrid Way: Going Green with Solar & Supercapacitor-based Energy Storage

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If utilities offered their customers solar energy and took advantage of supercapacitor-based energy storage, we could significantly cut greenhouse-gas emissions. That’s the word from Omer Ghani, CEO and co-founder, Kilowatt Labs, which produces supercapacitor-based energy storage called Sirius Energy Storage and the Centauri Energy Server, … [Read more...]

ComEd Selects Siemens Microgrid Software for Bronzeville Microgrid Cluster

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Commonwealth Edison will use Siemens microgrid software as the platform to manage a microgrid cluster that the Exelon subsidiary plans to develop in Chicago’s South Side. ComEd’s choice of the software marks the first major announcement on the Bronzeville microgrid, since it won approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission February … [Read more...]

Chattanooga Airport and Partners Plan “Dynamic Boundaries” Microgrid

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Already a pioneer in municipal broadband and smart grid, Chattanooga, Tennessee, is now setting its sights on developing an airport microgrid that will employ an innovative, open-source controller. The city's utility, the Chattanooga Electric Power Board (EPB), and partners are working on a microgrid for the Chattanooga Airport that will … [Read more...]

Hawaii Campus Can Go 100% Renewable Thanks to Solar Microgrid

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University of Hawaii Maui College plans to go 100 percent green--likely a first-of-its-kind on a college campus--thanks to a solar microgrid equipped with 42 MWh of energy storage that serves five campuses. Johnson Controls is providing the battery storage and controls and Pacific Current -- a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries -- … [Read more...]

Nor’easter Arrives on Cue for Schneider’s Microgrid Announcement

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Reeling from the third nor’easter in two weeks, New England offered up the perfect backdrop for Schneider Electric to unveil a new industrial microgrid project in Massachusetts this week. The energy management and automation company plans to install the microgrid at its Foxboro manufacturing facility, located in a region where the latest storm … [Read more...]