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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...]

Artificial Intelligence Brings Resilience and Affordability to the Grid

A new white paper from Veritone presents five artificial intelligence (AI)-powered solutions that help those in the electric power industry enhance grid resilience, increase the rate of decarbonization and improve affordability of delivered electricity. The electric power industry currently faces three key challenges: the need for increased … [Read more...]

SIMA Commits $1 Million to Renewvia Energy for Solar Microgrid Development in Rural Kenya

The impact financing group Social Investment Managers and Advisors (SIMA) has committed $1 million in funding to the global solar developer Renewvia Energy to bring more solar microgrids to rural Kenya. With the new funding, Renewvia Energy plans to provide over 7,500 new East African individuals and local businesses with renewable … [Read more...]

Not Just Solar, But Also Wind-Powered Microgrids

Wind-powered microgrids are relatively rare, but two companies -- CleanSpark and FlowGen — have inked a deal to change that. FlowGen, a wind turbine technology company based in Switzerland, has agreed to use CleanSpark's mPulse controls in all of its microgrid projects across the globe. CleanSpark was granted exclusive distribution rights … [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...]

Microgrid Costs, How to Lower Them and What They Mean for the Sector’s Growth

Factors like generation choice, battery size and interconnection upgrades affect microgrid costs, but there are ways to manage them so projects can move forward with satisfied customers, according to panelists at a Microgrid 2021 conference session called "Why Does a Microgrid Cost What It Costs?" A 2018 study by the National Renewable … [Read more...]

Distributed Microgrid Management and Control: Reducing Energy Costs

In its new white paper, Veritone describes the distributed microgrid management and control system that it developed with Microsoft to reduce energy costs. Using Microsoft's Azure secure cloud-based architecture and Veritone's rules-based distributed edge controllers, the two companies have created highly scalable technology that will allow … [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...]