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Western Australia Microgrid Moves Town Away from Diesel with Wind and Batteries

One Step Off The Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes an innovative Western Australia microgrid that is reducing a coastal town's reliance on diesel. The remote Western Australia coastal town of Coral Bay is chipping away at its reliance on diesel fuel for power with the addition of a 576kW/343kWh lithium-ion battery system to the community’s … [Read more...]

Why the Engines Powering Your Generator Matter and the Benefits of Multiplying Them in a Single Microgrid

Darren Tasker, vice president of industrial sales at Volvo Penta of the Americas, explores why the engine powering your microgrid generator matters and how using multiple generators in a single microgrid application can actually be a source of cost savings. Microgrids often operate in demanding environments or mission critical situations … [Read more...]

Remote Generation Optimization with Microgrids Increases Efficiency

A new white paper from Go Electric explores how microgrids can help optimize remote generation for both efficiency and fuel savings. The paper presents a case study of the Go Electric GEM/ISM microgrid system. The author models a 1-MW remote site using three 350-MW generators, both with and without the GEM/ISM microgrid system. The author's goal is … [Read more...]

Balancing Microgrid Goals: Can Carbon-Free Electricity Alone Guarantee the Lights Will Stay On?

Microgrids can be carbon-free or fully reliable, but generally not both — at least not yet, according to most experts on a Microgrid 2021 panel that looked at balancing microgrid goals. The debate comes as businesses and institutions are striving to reduce the risk their power could be cut off, according to Matt Roberts, panel moderator and … [Read more...]

Calculating Reliability for Microgrids Means Understanding Risks, Consequences

A new white paper from PowerSecure explores how to calculate reliability for microgrids, including the need to understand the risks and consequences of outages. In the face of uncertain times, there is a great need for highly reliable power solutions. The number and duration of outages are increasing and because solutions to large scale outages … [Read more...]

Reliability and Sustainability: Must They be at Odds?

Can all microgrids be 100% renewable, 100% reliable and still affordable? It’s a question that dogs the microgrid industry as it strives for low carbon energy production, but also must guarantee the power will not go out in places like hospitals and water plants. Fossil fuel generators often act as backstops at critical facilities. This week … [Read more...]

Microgrid 2021 Kicks Off with Expert Panel on Why Today’s Grid Makes Microgrids Necessary

Increasingly, the electric grid’s shortcomings are affecting businesses and other institutions, whether from power outages, rising costs or preferences for how electricity is made, according to a panel of microgrid experts who spoke today at Microgrid 2021: The World Awakens to Microgrids, an eight-day virtual conference hosted by Microgrid … [Read more...]

Mainspring Raises $95 Million in Series D Financing for New Linear Generation Technology

California-based cleantech startup Mainspring Energy has raised $95 million in a Series D financing round led by the private equity firm Devonshire Investors. Mainspring Energy plans to use the funding to accelerate the delivery of linear generators that it uses in microgrids and commercial, industrial and utility applications. The company … [Read more...]

Looking to Win Support for a Microgrid? Take this Approach with the Community, Says New Research

When community members participate in renewable energy planning and financing — especially with community microgrids or community solar — they facilitate the move to renewable energy, said the co-author of a new study on shared decision making from the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis. The study, "Public Attitudes, … [Read more...]

3 Points that Help Microgrid Buyers Make Rational Decisions

Microgrid buyers need to be better educated about why the technology isn’t that complex, why they should consider resilience in addition to cost savings, and why they shouldn’t immediately rule out diesel, say industry members. According to Ryan Goodman, CEO and co-founder of Scale Microgrid Solutions, a common misunderstanding: “Microgrids … [Read more...]