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New Siemens Microgrid Plans to Provide Flexibility for Vienna’s Grid

A new microgrid at the Siemens corporate headquarters in Vienna, Austria, was officially completed in November 2020, with plans to provide balancing services to Austria's electricity transmission system operator. Under construction since 2019, the Siemens campus microgrid includes 312 kW at peak capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, … [Read more...]

Winch Energy Lands $16 Million for African Solar Minigrids

London-based Winch Energy landed $16 million in funding, through a new financing platform, for solar minigrid projects in 49 villages in Uganda and Sierra Leone. The deal represents the largest ever minigrid financing portfolio, according to Winch, which is owned by Winch Partners, Total Eren, Al Gihaz Holding and ITOCHU Europe. The … [Read more...]

Distributed Generation ‘Important, Efficient and Economical’ for Reliable Operation of Electric Grid

A new white paper from Generac explains why distributed generation is "important, efficient and economical" for the safe and reliable operation of the electric grid. The paper also looks at technologies that are best positioned to support the grid, including rich burn generation. This report aims to paint a clear picture of the different … [Read more...]

Group Forms to Advocate for National Hydrogen Strategy as the Fuel Begins to Appear in More Microgrids

Several energy and industrial companies have formed a group, Hydrogen Forward, to press for a national strategy and spur investment in hydrogen, which is increasingly seen as a viable option for microgrids. The initiative was announced last week and comes as the Biden administration makes fighting climate change a central part of its efforts … [Read more...]

Built With Frugal Innovation, Solar Microgrids Improve Medical Care in the Himalayas

In remote villages in the Himalayas, medical centers often lack critical medical equipment, refrigerators for vaccines and dependable electricity for light and other essentials. But Paras Loomba intends to change that, bringing solar microgrids to medical centers, which will allow for vaccine storage, baby warmers, ventilators and other items that … [Read more...]

The Changing ‘Flow of Power’ Spurring Energy Transition

Harold Ruckpaul, director of strategic alliances at Eaton, explores the energy transition, the changing flow of power and growing microgrid adoption in an interview with Kevin Normandeau, publisher at Microgrid Knowledge, at Microgrid 2020 Global event.  Eaton is well-known as a leading power management company, but Normandeau and Ruckpaul began … [Read more...]

After Hurricanes, Rebuild Includes Microgrid on St. Thomas

California-based Capstone Turbine is providing microturbines for a microgrid project underway at the Estate Donoe Redevelopment Housing Project in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.  The redevelopment project will replace the Estate Donoe public housing complex damaged by Hurricanes Marilyn, Irma and Maria. The project includes new housing, … [Read more...]

Locals and Techies Promote Intriguing Critical Services Microgrid for Asheville, NC

What do you get when you bring together an energy consultant, an aerospace engineer, a former engineering professor and a cybersecurity expert — all of them in Asheville, North Carolina, a city renowned for its creative spirit. It turns out you get a microgrid proposal -- and an intriguing one at that. The group of volunteers is pitching … [Read more...]

US House Lawmakers Reintroduce $1.5 Billion Bill for Clean Energy Microgrids

A bill offering $1.5 billion a year in grants for clean energy microgrids has been reintroduced in the US House of Representatives, this time arriving to a more favorable climate in Washington, D.C. The Energy Resilient Communities Act would help fund clean energy microgrids for critical infrastructure, with a focus on low-income communities … [Read more...]

Increasing Value of Energy Resilience, Reliability in Today’s Climate

Chris Cummiskey, chief commercial and customer solutions officer at Southern Company and PowerSecure CEO, sits down virtually with Sarah Rubenoff, special projects editor at Microgrid Knowledge, to discuss the growing value of energy resilience in a world increasingly wracked by climate change. PowerSecure's CEO Cummiskey has also taken on the … [Read more...]