Microgrid Industry Built on the Burning Platform of the Day: Microgrid 2018

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How important to the growth of the microgrid industry are storms and disasters? That was one of the questions panelists addressed at Microgrid 2018, a conference that drew about 400 participants to Chicago. The panelists also identified cost as a barrier to growth, but some offered innovative solutions to cost challenges. Another presentation … [Read more...]

Will LNG Microgrids Find a Ready Market in Puerto Rico?

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For all its electricity struggles – or rather because of them – Puerto Rico has become a rich, primordial soup for energy innovation. The latest to emerge are LNG microgrids. A combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG), renewables and energy storage, the product is now being offered on the island by Southern Company’s subsidiary PowerSecure and … [Read more...]

Seeking the Right Business Model for Sub-Saharan Africa’s $11B Mini-grid Opportunity

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Work is underway by a new Rockefeller Foundation-backed lab to test mini-grid business models for Sub-Saharan Africa, where the technology could cost-effectively serve 100 million people, representing an $11 billion opportunity. In all, about 600 million people in the area do not have electricity, a problem being tackled by the Mini-Grid … [Read more...]

Microgrid Dreaming: California Gov. Brown Makes it Real at his Ranch

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Who knew he was envisioning his own home when three years ago in his inaugural address California Gov. Jerry Brown described a future with microgrids. In a walk-the-talk move, Brown now has a solar plus storage microgrid serving his new home, a ranch north of Sacramento. Brown needed the microgrid for the same reason 1.4 billion others in … [Read more...]

Bornholm Island Acts as Microgrid Lab for Denmark’s Green Ambitions

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Denmark has an ambitious target to produce 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050. But integrating renewable energy into the system makes it difficult to balance the intermittent supply with demand. With its high abundance of renewable energy, Bornholm Island, just south of Sweden, was the perfect test site for the … [Read more...]

Bringing Stability to War-Torn Somalia with Solar Microgrids

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Beleaguered by famine, terrorism and war, Somalia has the added burden of some of the highest energy costs in the world. But now relief is coming in the form of solar microgrids for refugees and communities thanks to an East African company. SolarGen Technologies is on a mission to help stabilize the country of 12 million people, using solar … [Read more...]

Army Corps Mobile Microgrid App Improves Power Restoration on Puerto Rico

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The US Army Corps of Engineers' Recovery Field Office in Puerto Rico is hastening grid restoration efforts with the help of a new microgrid app to site and manage installations. *Credit: US Army Corpos of Engineers Developed in-house, the microgrid app enhances the ability of field staff to site, commission and decommission mobile … [Read more...]

Ontario Renewable Microgrid Continues Trend of Tribal Installations

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Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is partnering with a First Nation government in northwestern Ontario on a tribal microgrid designed to significantly reduce diesel use by the community. The solar and battery storage microgrid, being developed for the Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (KZA)/Gull Bay First Nation (GBFN), will supply the nation’s … [Read more...]

Jamaica Microgrid to Manage Renewables…IoTs & Cyber Wars…Hawaiian Microgrid Investing

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Jamaica microgrid under construction ABB is supplying key technology for a Jamaica microgrid being designed to integrate solar and wind energy into the tropical island’s power supply. Jamaica Public Service (JPS) expects to have the $21.6 million microgrid operating in April 2019. The 24.5 MW project will include fly wheels and lithium ion … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Bring Relief to Puerto Rico — And Hint of the Future

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At the tail end of installing 15 solar plus storage microgrids across Puerto Rico -- all of the work charitable -- Sonnen and Pura Energia are providing humanitarian relief and a hint of the energy model the island could become. The latest installation, for a school in the mountain town of Orocovis, comes as over 14 percent of Puerto Ricans … [Read more...]