Microgrid projects to the moon and back

Developers say microgrid projects are being planned pretty much everywhere now. I suspect they mean everywhere on Earth. It turns out they are thinking small. Why not a microgrid on the moon? A US federal lab thinks it's plausible — and may even be necessary — if we are to venture further to Mars. The Sandia National Laboratories is … [Read more...]

Cummins executive on military microgrids in war zones

In a runup to Microgrid 2022, Wissam Balshe, business director of energy management solutions at Cummins Power Generation, discusses military microgrids and how global trends are impacting the microgrid market. https://vimeo.com/706624210 "There are a lot of different use cases and applications of microgrids, whether it's to improve resiliency, … [Read more...]

Biden administration marries transmission and microgrid funding in $2.5 billion program

The Biden administration yesterday took the first step to allot $2.5 billion to increase transmission capacity and build microgrids in certain locations. With the release of a request for information, the administration kicked off a process to fund new or improved transmission line projects that offer 500 MW to 1,000 MW of capacity and build … [Read more...]

Selecting the right partner is key to successful tribal microgrids

Tim McDuffie, senior business development engineer at Smarter Grid Solutions, offers guidance for Native American communities that are developing tribal microgrids. A growing number of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, nations and communities are turning to microgrids for both resilience and energy independence. To help ensure the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge announces finalists for 2022 Microgrid Greater Good Awards

Microgrid Knowledge has released the names of the eight finalists for this year’s Microgrid Greater Good Awards. From the eight finalists, four winners will be selected and announced at Microgrid 2022, which will be held June 1-2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Now in its fourth year, the Microgrid Greater Good Awards celebrate microgrids that … [Read more...]

Diesel off, but lights still on in remote Alaska thanks to a new microgrid

A microgrid with energy storage takes on a whole new meaning when you are truly 'off the grid' in a place where temperatures can drop to 40 below zero. Such is the case in Shungnak, Alaska, a 9.6 square mile community of about 300 people that live in the Northwest Arctic Borough above the Arctic Circle. Details about the community’s new … [Read more...]

Look Ma, no grid! Five life-changing microgrids with no tie to a central grid

In modern electrical infrastructure like the US, microgrids usually operate connected to the utility grid except when they temporarily withdraw because the grid is down or because disconnecting offers price or energy management advantages. But worldwide, many microgrids have no grid connection because, well, there is no grid, or at least … [Read more...]

A microgrid that you can fit in your golf bag

Energy flexibility is the new, new thing. And all microgrids offer it to some degree. But a small Brooklyn, NY, solar firm brings a whole new meaning to the term. Imagine fitting 1.3 kW of solar energy in a golf bag and it’s so light you can carry it around for use where you need it. That’s one of the value propositions that Pvilion is … [Read more...]

This is why microgrids are becoming popular: Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah, a well-known energy entrepreneur who now serves as director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) loan programs, posted on LinkedIn last week: “This is why #microgrids and #distributedgeneration are becoming so popular.” Shah was referring to a US Energy Information Administration (EIA) graphic that shows power production costs falling … [Read more...]

Tribes win federal funding as they enhance energy security and pursue microgrids

Tribal communities across the United States are looking to enhance their energy security and resilience through microgrids. In California, for example, the Blue Lake Rancheria's tribal council began developing its microgrid in 2011 in an effort to support its community during extreme emergencies. The resilience provided by that tribal microgrid has … [Read more...]