Microgrid Research: Building a Race Car While Racing in the Grand Prix

At the British Columbia Institute of Technology, researchers hope that their microgrid research will someday create a living lab that allows the entire campus to island from the grid. But here's the problem: conducting the research is like building a race car while participating in the Grand Prix, said Hassan Farhangi, director of the Smart … [Read more...]

Why a Nanogrid in a Microgrid: Aquion Energy

nanogrid in a microgrid

Aquion Energy, Schneider Electric and Azimuth Energy have completed a nanogrid in a microgrid at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The nanogrid has the unique ability to move DC power from solar panels directly to LED lights at the Institute's Keating Sports Center. In reality, the nanogrid is a small microgrid, said Matt Maroon, vice … [Read more...]

California Aims to Simplify and Standardize Microgrids

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Cars have standard configurations: vans, mini-vans, and sports cars. Can we standardize microgrids the same way? That’s one of the issues that was explored Tuesday in the second of five workshops organized by the California Energy Commission in its effort to map out microgrid policy. "We may find in microgrids, there are four or five … [Read more...]

California Awards $1.5M to Plan Advanced Microgrid in Santa Monica

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The California Energy Commission last week granted $1.5 million for planning and design of an advanced microgrid in Santa Monica. The funding comes from the state’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program, created to bring innovative clean energy ideas to market. Santa Monica won the money from an EPIC competition earlier this year, … [Read more...]

Grid-Connected Microgrids and Battery Technology

Grid-connected microgrids are considered the future of a smarter electric grid. So as large-scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS). AusNet Services, the largest energy delivery service in Victoria, … [Read more...]

Healthcare Microgrid Would Preserve Power for 4 Hospitals in the East Bronx

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The idea of the East Bronx Healthcare Microgrid was born out of special pressure on the crucial hospital system. During storms and power outages, the four hospitals must remain open not only to serve existing patients, but also those transferred from evacuated hospitals in Manhattan and other New York City boroughs. Further, the medical … [Read more...]

Solar Microgrids in South Africa Electrify, Boost Economic Development

Solar Microgrids in South Africa

Accenture Development Partnerships has teamed up with the University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) and The Rural Development Company to develop solar microgrids in South Africa that aim to provide rural electrification and economic development. Accenture is trying to create a sustainable economic model that can be … [Read more...]

Storm-Struck PECO Proposes Two Integrated Community Microgrids

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Plagued by power outages due to storms, PECO on May 18 filed a plan with Pennsylvania regulators to build two integrated community microgrids for a high density neighborhood with an 8.6 MW load. "Severe weather is a leading cause of power outages in PECO’s service territory. For example, as a consequence of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, approximately … [Read more...]

What’s behind Caterpillar’s New Hybrid Microgrid Play? Here’s a Deeper Look

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Caterpillar became the latest big infrastructure company to unveil a microgrid play with the recent launch of its hybrid microgrid into the global market. The Cat hybrid technology combines solar, energy storage and fossil fuels and will focus on projects 10 kW to 100 MW. A $47 billion company, Cat intends to leverage its global distribution … [Read more...]

Bypassing Utility Models for Clean, Smart Microgrids in Emerging Markets

decentralized energy attracts less funding

Energy project developers are just beginning to see the advantages of bypassing the old and “messy” electricity infrastructure in favor of clean, smart microgrids in developing countries. That was one of Haresh Patel’s observations about the information gleaned from developers for its latest Mercatus Global Advanced Energy Insights … [Read more...]