New Investment Firm to Finance Microgrids with an Initial $30M

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First comes government support for new energy technologies. Then, if the technology proves out, come private investors. So it's significant to note the launch this week of a new private firm to finance microgrids. Crescendo Power has formed to offer an initial $30 million in equity financing for commercial and industrial microgrids and … [Read more...]

Gas Turbine Microgrids: What’s Next as They Become Smarter?

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Gas turbine microgrids are getting smarter, offering new services, and gaining new customers, as we explain in this excerpt from Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence. Gas turbine microgrids are growing in sophistication as microgrid controllers become more advanced. Control technology tends to … [Read more...]

From Electricity to Stout with a Gas Turbine Microgrid

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The following is an excerpt from our recent guide, "Gas Turbine Microgrids: Reliability and Sustainability through Intelligence." Environmental futurist Amory Lovins famously said that people don’t want kilowatts of electricity; they want the byproducts: a cold beer and a hot shower. St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland, offers an … [Read more...]

How Daimler Used an Industrial Microgrid to Put a Robot on a Diet

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It’s hard to put industrial robots on a diet. They don’t use a lot of energy anyway, even with heavy lifting. But Daimler has managed to do it – with an industrial microgrid. Robots can consume the lion’s share of energy used for auto body construction, and Daimler wanted to reduce their energy costs. The German manufacturer of autos, trucks, … [Read more...]

Microgrids for the Cannabis Industry: Solving the Energy Hog Problem

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Microgrids for the cannabis industry could solve the industry's energy hog problem -- and help utilities grappling with increases in demand in states where cannabis is legal. That's the word from Timothy Hade, co-founder and CEO of Scale Energy, a new company that looked at numerous industries before opting to focus on the cannabis industry … [Read more...]

How the World Defines Microgrids and Why You are Confused

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Microgrid, mini-grid, picogrid… All this tiny terminology can add up to some big confusion. Even the industry itself defines microgrids in different ways. Microgrids, mini-grids and picogrids have some things in common: they are all locally generated, locally distributed sources of clean energy. Is it all just a matter of to-MAY-to, … [Read more...]

Modular Microgrids: Are They the Future, Will They Liberate Microgrids?

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Modular microgrids are on their way in. In fact, they boast so many benefits they could liberate microgrids. And why exactly do microgrids need to be liberated? It's all spelled out in a Navigant Research whitepaper, "Liberating Microgrids (and All DER)," commissioned by Spirae, which markets a microgrid control platforms. The problem, … [Read more...]

How the Microgrid Industry Changed in 2016: A Ben & Jerry’s Year

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Consider 2016 a Ben & Jerry’s year for the microgrid industry. Microgrids expanded, not just in number, but in flavor. Plain vanilla microgrids gave way to a range of new kinds: virtual microgrids, blockchain microgrids, even flying microgrids, to name a few. Product differentiation reigned in 2016. But worldwide geographic expansion … [Read more...]

Medical Manufacturer Installs First Advanced Solar Plus Storage Microgrid in Costa Rica

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A Costa Rican medical manufacturer plans to install what’s being described as the first advanced solar plus storage microgrid in Central America. Establishment Labs will use the microgrid for critical back-up power, peak demand reduction and smoothing of solar variability. The microgrid also is designed to make the manufacturing plant more … [Read more...]

Microgrid Opportunity: What Stands in the Way for 2017?

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Microgrid opportunity grew in 2016 and next year looks even better. But government policy isn’t keeping up with grassroots demand, said Randy Grass vice president at POWER Engineers. Grass, who manages the transmission and distribution (T&D) division for the global consulting engineering firm, described the policy roadblocks during a … [Read more...]