Let’s Count the Many Ways Microgrids Serve the Greater Good

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If you think of microgrids as mere backup power, think again. That was the message from panelists at Microgrid 2018 who described how microgrids serve the greater good in the U.S and abroad. Their projects include electrifying parts of Somalia, helping prevent brain drain in Africa and India, cost-effectively solving a utility’s peak problems in … [Read more...]

History of Energy in Illinois Starts and Ends with Renewables-Based Microgrids

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Back in the 1890s, Samuel Insull, the founder of Commonwealth Edison, began providing energy in Illinois with renewables-based microgrids. More than a century later, Illinois is once again embracing renewables-based microgrids, with a handful of the most innovative microgrids now being developed and launched in Chicago. That was the engaging … [Read more...]

Will This Solar Community Microgrid Save Money AND Generate Income?

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Researchers at University of California, Riverside, are testing a control system for a solar community microgrid that will decide how to dispatch assets — reaping energy savings and perhaps generating income. The Bourns College of Engineering research team is working on a power system for a microgrid located at the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe … [Read more...]

Microgrid Kept Power On Even as the California Wildfires Caused Outages

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When the islanded microgrid at Stone Edge Farm near Sonoma, Calif., kept operating for 10 days in spite of the fires that caused outages nearby, the operators seized the opportunity to learn as much as possible from the surprises they encountered. The first surprise, of course, were the fires that struck suddenly, stoked by high winds and … [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...]

Microgrid Case Studies Guide California as it Maps a Way to its Goals

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In an effort to help commercialize microgrids, the California Energy Commission is analyzing lessons learned from nine microgrid case studies about projects that total 21 MW of peak capacity, with an average size of 2.25 MW. The case studies are detailed in a new report being prepared for the commission by Navigant Research. The state hopes … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Features Aquion Battery at South African Luxury Camp

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A new solar plus storage microgrid will bring clean energy to a South African nature resort with the help of a salt water battery system by Aquion Energy. Located in Kruger National Park, the luxury nature lodge is reducing its reliance on diesel generation with the help of Aquion’s Aspen batteries. The Aspen battery uses an environmentally … [Read more...]

Spiritual Center to Offer Physical Shelter with Community Microgrid

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The Village of Wappingers Falls is in an area of New York known for its spiritual retreat centers. Now two of those centers may expand their spiritual shelter to physical shelter by way of a community microgrid. Located on the banks of the Hudson River, the densely populated village is vulnerable to flooding in storms. During Hurricane Irene, … [Read more...]

Why a Nanogrid in a Microgrid: Aquion Energy

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Aquion Energy, Schneider Electric and Azimuth Energy have completed a nanogrid in a microgrid at the Illinois Institute of Technology. The nanogrid has the unique ability to move DC power from solar panels directly to LED lights at the Institute's Keating Sports Center. In reality, the nanogrid is a small microgrid, said Matt Maroon, vice … [Read more...]

Nested Microgrid Proposed for Town of New Paltz

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Sometimes one microgrid in a single footprint is not enough. Sometimes a community needs a nested microgrid -- several separate microgrids in one -- to take energy reliability to a whole new level. A NY Prize contender, the Town of New Paltz, N.Y. has proposed such a project, a $12 million nodular microgrid to maintain energy supplies for … [Read more...]