Wildfire Smoke Clouds Solar Panels in California Microgrids. Can Fuel Cells Help?

Because some California microgrids aren’t producing enough solar energy due to smoke from wildfires, one microgrid developer is installing fuel cells as back up. AJ Perkins, president of Instant On, said that 25% of his microgrids in the Bay Area — which has been hit hard by wildfires — aren’t producing much solar because smoke is blocking … [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...]

Open Source Tech Improves Microgrids in Southeast Asia

In villages in Southeast Asia, a person often must sit inside a powerhouse to manually control the flow of water in small hydro microgrids to ensure the systems operate safely. “The operator will watch the system parameters and open or close the valve to the turbine to regulate the flow of water and therefore quantity of energy generated as … [Read more...]

Nanogrids: A New Opportunity for the Solar Industry & its Customers

We explore the opportunities nanogrids provide for the solar installers in a new special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Instant ON. The first article defines nanogrids, explains how they're installed, why they're prices have fallen and how they derive value. What exactly are nanogrids? Think of a microgrid, but:  … [Read more...]

44% of Businesses Considering Microgrids: Survey

In a new report by Deloitte, 44% of businesses who responded to a national survey said they are considering microgrids, an increase of nine percentage points over last year’s survey. In “Deloitte Resources 2020 Study,” 54% of those considering microgrids said they have critical operations that require uninterrupted power supply, said Marlene … [Read more...]

Maryland Announces Funding for 14 Microgrid Projects

Maryland yesterday announced winners in its resilience solicitation, 14 facilities that speak to the range of operations now pursuing microgrid projects — from marginalized neighborhoods to food production operations to a marine terminal. The winners will divvy up $1.05 million provided by the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) Resilient … [Read more...]

Three Key Ideas Emerging about Microgrids in an Era of Societal Disruption

Microgrids are among the disruptive class of tech, that which challenges the status quo to improve society. However, lately a technology’s worth is based less on how well it disrupts and more on how well it responds to societal disruption. With the disruption brought by COVID-19, products like teleconferencing, home delivery and telemedicine … [Read more...]

Sunverge to Install Nanogrid-style Virtual Power Plant for Maryland Utility

Sunverge Energy has landed a contract to build a residential virtual power plant (VPP) for Delmarva Power in Maryland, using a nanogrid controller platform. The $4 million Elk Neck project includes 0.55 MW of behind-the-meter (BTM) battery storage that can deliver 2.2 MWh before needing to be recharged. The project grew out of a request for … [Read more...]

Lowly Home Electric Panel Transformed for Nanogrid World

With homes suddenly the center of US business activity due to stay at home orders, interest is heightening in residential nanogrids. So the timing is fortuitous for a new smart panel announced today that promises to up the abilities of nanogrids and home on-site energy. Span, a San Francisco-based company led by executives and lead engineers … [Read more...]

Why You May Want to Seriously Consider a Microgrid for your Electric Vehicles

To most of the world the electric vehicle (EV) revolution simply means using a plug rather than a fuel pump to keep a car running. But in truth it will require a significant overhaul of energy systems and infrastructure, one that’s likely to get businesses and even households considering microgrids. Andy Haun, senior vice president and chief … [Read more...]