Microgrid Development: Considering Power Generation Resources

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Frank Wolak, Vice President Sales - Americas at FuelCell Energy, discusses microgrid development and the importance of selecting the right primary power generation resource. The US Department of Energy defines the microgrid as ''a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within … [Read more...]

Siemens Building an 80-MW Microgrid Network in the Brazilian Amazon

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Bringing reliable, secure and affordable electricity to the remote Amazon Basin is probably one of the most difficult obstacles to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goal of universal electricity access by 2030. But that's exactly what Siemens Brazil hopes to do by way of a microgrid network. With the support from Brazilian utility Centrais … [Read more...]

Duke Energy’s Green Microgrids Run Smoothly through Storm

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Two green microgrids operated by Duke Energy rode through a weakened Hurricane Irma with no hiccups, while customers experienced outages close by. The first, the Mt. Sterling solar plus  storage remote microgrid, serves a communications tower located on National Park Service property in the Great Smoky Mountains on Mt. Sterling, Haywood County, … [Read more...]

Indian Tech Giant and Australian Startup to Test Energy Blockchain in Microgrid-as-a-Service (MaaS)

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With an eye toward India's growing energy market, a major Indian tech firm and an Australian startup are testing a new microgrid-as-a-service (MaaS) platform this week that uses energy blockchain. Mumbai, India IT services multinational Tech Mahindra and Australia’s PowerLedger are teaming on the proof-of-concept project at Tech Mahindra’s … [Read more...]

Mozambique Presents $500M Plan for Off-Grid, Mini-Grid and Microgrid Projects

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Mozambique recently presented foreign investors with the opportunity to participate in the development of up to $500 million in off-grid renewable energy, including mini-grid and microgrid projects, in remote communities across 10 provinces. Introduced by the Mozambique Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy on September 20, the program comes … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric to Build Advanced Microgrid at Nature Preserve

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The Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve – which touts an 18,000 square-foot environmental center in Wisconsin – will also soon be home to a new advanced microgrid. Schneider Electric will partner with Faith Technologies to build and support the fully islandable microgrid, which will provide power to the non-profit nature preserve’s environmental … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Florida Aims for Hip, Two-Way Grid of the Future

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Duke Energy Florida has plans to re-make its grid into a two-way grid that incorporates renewable energy, storage, electric vehicle charging stations and smart meters and boosts resiliency. The plan is a blueprint for re-making a dated grid into a more fashionable system that’s bidirectional, flexible, protects itself against power outages … [Read more...]

$1.5 Billion Microgrid Market Opportunity Emerges in Kenya

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A confluence of innovation, risk taking, and public and private effort has created a five-year, $1.5 billion microgrid market opportunity in Kenya, leading Germany’s TFE Consulting to dub the East African nation, “The World's Microgrid Lab.” International startups are deploying innovative mobile 'pay as you go' (Pay-Go), home solar, and … [Read more...]

Hurricane Harvey Creates New Abnormal for the Electric Grid

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Stories are just beginning to emerge about microgrids and distributed energy systems that are keeping critical services up and running despite Hurricane Harvey's best efforts to do them in. Twenty-one convenience stores and gas stations in the Houston area remained open thanks to an unusual microgrid system designed by Enchanted Rock … [Read more...]

Natural Gas versus Distributed Energy: Which is Less Expensive?

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The natural gas versus distributed energy conversation continues with the release of a much-anticipated California study that concludes that a centralized natural gas generation plant is less expensive -- at least in the power-strapped area studied. The conclusion came out of a report "Moorpark Sub-Area Local Capacity Alternative Study," by the … [Read more...]