Microgrids Keep Four Dallas Stores Open through this Week’s Tornadoes

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High winds and tornadoes tore across the Dallas area Sunday night, leaving about 140,000 customers without electricity, but four stores with microgrids rode out the storm without interruptions to their power supply. Those stores —H-E-B and Buc-ee’s — have backup natural gas microgrids from Enchanted Rock, a Houston based company. ERock, as … [Read more...]

Microgrids Heat up South Africa’s Water

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Spurred on by a conversation with his father about the expense of operating an electric boiler for hot water, André Nel, founder of South Africa-based Eco-V, set out in search of a solution. That led to a technology, GreenTower, that uses hybrid solar microgrids to treat and heat borehole water. “The solution we have found a viable … [Read more...]

From the Military to Retail Businesses: How Use of Microgrids is Growing

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What sectors are turning to microgrids and why? The following excerpt from a new Microgrid Knowledge special report looks at the range of end users with a special focus on business microgrids. Declining costs and new financing models put microgrids within reach for a variety of businesses and institutions. But early on, the military and … [Read more...]

Benefits and Barriers to Deploying Microgrids for Retail Businesses

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Why don't more retailers install microgrids? Here are the barriers — and the solutions — in an excerpt from a new special report from Microgrid Knowledge that explores how retail businesses use microgrids to reduce costs and enhance resiliency and reliability. Always-on power is important in the retail sector for a range of reasons. Without … [Read more...]

Latest Electrification Project at JFK Airport Completed

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Electrification at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City continues, most recently at the JetBlue terminal. The New York Power Authority, in partnership with JetBlue and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, completed the installation of 38 electric charging hubs at JetBlue’s terminal. Construction and design … [Read more...]

Southeast Asian Eco-Resorts Drawn to Microgrids by Favorable Economics

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Eco-resorts in Southeast Asia are installing microgrids to keep the lights on and the tourists coming as economic terms increasingly favor renewable energy over stand-alone diesel generators. An eco-resort in the Maldives, for example, has operated a 4.1 MW off-grid microgrid since October 2016 to serve an average 63% of electricity demand … [Read more...]

How Retailers Can Increase Electric Reliability

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A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge explores how retail businesses use microgrids to reduce costs and enhance resiliency and reliability. From the related article series, this entry explores how retailers can ramp up electrical reliability using tools like microgrids. With threats to electric reliability increasing, it is easy to … [Read more...]

Zimbabweans Turn to Minigrids in Droves Amid Chronic Blackouts

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It's said that necessity is the mother of invention, and that's the case in Zimbabwe where businesses and well-off residents are reportedly turning to off-grid minigrids and on-site solar, small wind and hydro-plus-storage systems in droves amid grid outages that can last 18 hours a day. The average cost per connection for minigrids in … [Read more...]

Why Electric Reliability is so Important for the Retail Sector

A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge explores how businesses use retail microgrids to reduce costs and enhance resiliency and reliability. This excerpt focuses on the value of retail microgrids in a world where electric reliability is both increasingly important and increasingly threatened. Hardly a day goes by without the United … [Read more...]

Flash-Charging E-Bus System in China Expected to Charge in Seconds

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A collaboration between ABB and China electric bus (e-bus) manufacturer King Long Motor Group holds the promise of a flash-charging system for e-buses that opens the door to electric vehicle-to-grid and development of urban microgrids. ABB and King Long are in the midst of developing a pilot project in China. King Long is designing and … [Read more...]