Defense Department Continues Research into Vanadium Flow Batteries with Ameresco

The US Department of Defense has begun its second phase of research into vanadium flow batteries in partnership with Ameresco, a developer of clean energy and microgrid projects. As part of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), the study is being done in Golden, Colorado, at the National Renewable Energy … [Read more...]

Not Only Texas Went Dark in February: After Storm, Portland, Oregon Tests Resiliency Partnerships

Texas captured worldwide attention in February when a devastating storm crippled the state's power system. But at about the same time, and to much less fanfare, part of the Northwest struggled with similar issues. Portland, Oregon, experienced power outages because of severe weather that left about 200,000 customers in the dark, some for several … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric, Black & Veatch Finish Miramar Microgrid

Schneider Electric and Black & Veatch have finished installing a microgrid they designed and built at the Marine Corps’ Air Station Miramar in San Diego. The microgrid was tested during a full-scale energy resilience readiness exercise to assess its resilience and reliability as well as whether it could keep operations up and running at … [Read more...]

The Rise of Energy on Wheels

Two US energy companies have become the latest to offer a mobile energy system that allows a microgrid or batteries to move where needed at any given time. Called Nomad Transportable Power Systems (NOMAD), the new product is a joint venture of Northern Reliability and KORE Power. NOMAD is being offered in three sizes: 600 kWh, 1 MWh and 2 … [Read more...]

Schneider Starts Building 10-MW Microgrid at Air Base in Japan

Schneider Electric has started construction on a 10-MW microgrid project at a US Air Force base in Japan. The company is developing the project under a $403 million, 25-year energy savings performance contract that includes $167 million in implementation costs. The project at the Yokota air base near Tokyo, funded through guaranteed … [Read more...]

Another Military Microgrid on its Way as Ameresco Breaks Ground at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Ameresco has begun work on another military energy project that includes a microgrid, this one, a $173 million endeavor at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia. The Massachusetts-based energy efficiency and renewable energy company said Friday that it has broken ground on the project, which includes a 19-MW combined heat and … [Read more...]

Ameresco Highlights Unique Floating Solar Microgrid Project at Fort Bragg

Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president and general manager of federal solutions at Ameresco, spoke to Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, at Microgrid 2020 Global about Ameresco's new floating solar microgrid project — still a rare technology in the U.S. Wood kicked off the interview by asking Bulgarino about the work … [Read more...]

Army Contracts for Work on Cold Region Microgrids

A Vermont university research institute program will prototype and test cold region microgrids with funding from two US Army contracts.  The $1.12 million award given to Norwich University Applied Research Institutes will include funding for remote monitoring and cybersecurity with oversight from the Army Corps of Engineer’s Cold Regions … [Read more...]

21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021

The last year brought about a proliferation of microgrid projects, as the technology hit its stride in the marketplace. Here we look at 21 of those projects that we believe should be carefully watched as they unfold in 2021.  We chose the projects for their innovation, ability to serve as models, and demonstration of microgrid benefits. Why … [Read more...]

Navy Grant Funds Energy Resilience Project

Could a more reliable, resilient power system result from a project funded by the US Navy Office of Naval Research? Researchers at Stony Brook University, together with the University of Massachusetts Lowell, hope to make that a reality. Another goal is to improve energy generation efficiency, system operation, and storage in microgrids, including … [Read more...]