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...]

Australian government awards $18.7 million contract for Daintree Microgrid

The Australian government recently announced that it has awarded Volt Advisory Group AU$18.75 million over three years to develop the Daintree Microgrid Project, an innovative renewable energy microgrid in Queensland. The project will begin construction this year and is expected to be operational by 2024. The Daintree rainforest is in the … [Read more...]

Alpine projects help climb the microgrid mountain

Six microgrids are being developed across European alpine states as part of a program designed to foster local energy grids. The microgrids are being constructed under the ALPGRIDS project, which focuses on creating support for microgrids and a wider understanding of their benefits. Building on six existing pilot sites in five countries, the … [Read more...]

Green hydrogen – the critical element for mobile DERs

Lauren Flanagan, the executive chair and co-founder of Sesame Solar, shares insights on how distributed energy resource (DER) systems can integrate solar, battery storage and green hydrogen backup power for mobile, emergency power applications. In his 2002 groundbreaking book, "The Hydrogen Economy," Jeremy Rifkin predicted that hydrogen … [Read more...]

Army to equip all bases with microgrids by 2035 as part of carbon-free electricity goal

Saying it wants to lead by example, the US Army plans to build a microgrid at each of its 130 bases worldwide as part of a larger climate strategy released on Tuesday. “The effects of climate change have taken a toll on supply chains, damaged our infrastructure, and increased risks to Army soldiers and families due to natural disasters and … [Read more...]

All-renewable 5 MW Kalbarri microgrid goes live in Western Australia

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off The Grid reports on the activation of an all-renewable microgrid that will back up the unsteady grid connection in the Western Australia town of Kalbarri. Western Australia has flicked the switch on one of Australia’s largest and most sophisticated microgrids, a 5 MW mix of solar, wind and battery storage that … [Read more...]

RFQ attracts 19 applicants to build a microgrid in the British Virgin Islands

Nineteen companies have responded to a request for qualifications (RFQ) issued by British Virgin Islands Electricity (BVIEC) for a microgrid at Paraquita Bay. BVIEC, the islands' utility, is now reviewing the responses. Those selected will be invited to bid in a future tender when the utility seeks engineering, procurement and construction … [Read more...]