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Can DC Microgrids be Simpler, Faster, Secure? Sandia, Emera Aim to Find Out

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In alternating current (AC) microgrids, there’s always the need to convert direct current (DC) storage, solar and other elements to AC. But with DC microgrids, all that could change -- and possibly reap simplicity, quickness, and cost savings, said Abraham Ellis, program manager for Sandia National Laboratories' renewable and distributed systems … [Read more...]

Ohio Trucking Terminal Installs Renewable Energy Microgrid

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Regional trucking and logistics company Pitt Ohio is deploying a renewable energy microgrid at a trucking terminal in Parma, Ohio. Being built by WindStax and EnSync, the microgrid uses solar, wind power and battery-based energy storage to optimize on-site power and distribution for cost and reliability, based on Pitt Ohio's needs and utility … [Read more...]

Microgrids Reside at the Core of Tribal Electric Utilities

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Microgrids lie at the technological core of efforts by two Native American Tribal Nations to develop local electric utilities and gain greater degrees of self-reliance and sovereignty. Not far from Oklahoma City, Fire Lake Energy -- a nascent tribal utility being formed by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation -- is developing a 10-MW microgrid. The … [Read more...]

Let’s Re-Design Wholesale Market Rules To Reap The Benefits of Solar and Wind: Report

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Making wholesale power market rules friendlier to solar and wind energy could bring numerous cost and flexibility benefits, said a new report from a non-profit dedicated to strengthening the U.S. economy with renewable energy. Even though the prices of solar and wind energy are lower in many areas than conventional options, grid operators … [Read more...]

Mississippi State to Install a Trigeneration Microgrid for Campus Development Project

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Mississippi State University plans to build a trigeneration microgrid -- combined cooling, heating and power -- at its new College View student residential-retail building and campus development project outside Starkville. Project partners anticipate that the microgrid will save $116,000 annually or $2.9 million over the microgrid's 25-year … [Read more...]

Making Microgrids as Simple to Deploy & Finance as Rooftop Solar

Scale Microgrid

Scale Microgrid Solutions is on a mission to make sophisticated microgrids as easy to deploy and finance as rooftop solar, said Timothy Hade, microgrid specialist for the company. “Our thesis is that at scale, microgrids have all sorts of great technical aspects that can make our total energy system cleaner, cheaper and more reliable. But … [Read more...]

Hockey Tape Manufacturer Signs on to Microgrid in New York Industrial Park

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North American Tapes (NA Tapes) will be the first customer to join an industrial park microgrid at the Jefferson County Corporate Park in Watertown, New York. To be built, operated and owned by Rochester, New York's Acadia Energy, the microgrid will use natural gas-fired combined heat and power and solar photovoltaics. Other behind-the-meter … [Read more...]

US Utility Invests in Kilowatt Labs to Boost Service with Microgrids

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Until December 2017, Kilowatt Labs was still a startup company, developing supercapacitor-based energy storage and an energy server that’s designed to manage distributed energy. But after the company delivered its first product in January, Kilowatt Labs attracted more business than expected. Most recently, it garnered a $2.5 million … [Read more...]

Microgrid To Ensure Cattle on Historic Hawaii Ranch Never Go Thirsty

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At Parker Ranch -- a cattle ranch founded in the early 1800s and the largest in Hawaii -- a 400-kW Go Electric microgrid will ensure that cattle never go thirsty due to outages that have plagued the ranch for years. Situated near the end of Hawaii Electric Light’s (HELCO) distribution line on the Big Island are pumping stations that move … [Read more...]

FuelCell Energy Acquires 14.9 MW Fuel Cell Park from Dominion Energy for $36.6M

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FuelCell Energy this week entered into an agreement to acquire Dominion Energy's 14.9 MW fuel cell park in Bridgeport, Connecticut for $36.6 million. The Connecticut-based fuel cell manufacturer built the fuel cell park for Dominion Energy and already operates and maintains the plant under a service agreement. The transaction is the result … [Read more...]