What Schneider Electric’s Recent Move Reveals about the Microgrid Market

To understand the movement of the microgrid industry, its instructive to watch it's large players, particularly, right now, Schneider Electric. The company has been navigating the industry’s tributaries for the last five years and seems to be signaling it sees an ocean ahead. The signal came in the form of Schneider’s mid-August announcement … [Read more...]

Cook Islands Boosts Microgrid Capabilities with Storage

Rarotonga, the remote South Pacific island that is part of the Cook Islands, plans to boost its microgrid capabilities with new energy storage capacity. Under the terms of a deal signed with New Zealand’s Vector Powersmart, Rolls-Royce company MTU will supply three containerized battery storage units. The MTU EnergyPacks, packaged in … [Read more...]

Siemens Creates Living Lab in Princeton, NJ to Demonstrate Microgrids

Siemens, one of the largest companies in the microgrid arena, has created a living lab at its US technology headquarters in Princeton, N.J. to demonstrate how similar facilities can use microgrids. The microgrid includes solar photovoltaics, battery storage, electrical power infrastructure, building management systems and microgrid control … [Read more...]

Community Microgrid Gets Boost from Energy Storage in California’s Goleta Load Pocket

As part of an ambitious project that aims to deploy a community microgrid that will help avoid outages due to fires, earthquakes, mudslides and other disasters in the Goleta Load Pocket, 40 MWh of utility-scale storage will go online in December. Groundbreaking on the project, called the Vallecito Energy Storage Resilience (VESR) project, has … [Read more...]

How Microgrids can Increase Resiliency for Data Centers

COVID-19 has forced many people to work from home, making resiliency of energy supplies for data centers more important than ever. Derek Tugwell, vice president of data centers at PowerSecure, discusses how microgrids can help. What impact has COVID-19 had on data centers? Derek Tugwell: Cloud services are being used at a much higher level. … [Read more...]

Is Creating a Resilient Internet the Next Big Goal?

Few things disrupt society more than the loss of internet service, an inevitable calamity that occurs whenever the electric grid goes down. So why aren’t we developing a resilient internet, one powered by microgrids? That's the mission of a new Massachusetts company that wants to create an internet that can withstand flooding, hurricanes and … [Read more...]

How Solar, Storage & Microgrids Save Money at K-12 Schools: Free Livestream Discussion August 27

Microgrid Knowledge will host a livestream discussion August 27 with schools that are installing solar, energy storage and microgrids as a way to save money — and in some cases even earn revenue from their systems. The discussion, “Solar Microgrids for K-12 Schools: Saving Money and Educating for the Future,” will run from 2-3:15 pm and … [Read more...]

Microgrid Used as a Testbed for Neural Network

A research team at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has tested a neural network for controlling power systems on a microgrid. The team set out to solve the challenge of modeling static and dynamic characteristics of a power system. A static characteristic is an action that does not change within a certain amount of … [Read more...]

California Microgrids Flex Their Skills During Blackouts

California microgrids stepped up during the mid-August rolling blackouts, delivering flexible load and providing backup electricity, as extreme heat left the state short on power. Stone Edge Farm’s microgrid and three microgrids operated by Bloom Energy were among those that provided resiliency for their owners and community members on August … [Read more...]

New Partnership Bets on Waste-to-Hydrogen Microgrids

Can microgrids that use a waste-to-hydrogen process move municipalities and community choice aggregators (CCA) closer to energy independence?  That’s the bet of a new partnership that is angling for the community microgrid market as wildfires lead to outages and hundred-year storms occur more frequently across the country. The team — Local … [Read more...]