Microgrids Have a Key Role to Play in a Low-Carbon Future

ABB's Maxine Ghavi describes how microgrids can improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people, while helping to meet national and global emissions targets. Cutting carbon emissions while meeting the growing energy needs of an expanding global population requires innovative, pioneering solutions. One is microgrids, powered by renewable … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Applies to Interconnect Microgrid Testbed for Energy Export

Duke Microgrid Testbed

Duke Energy applied for regulatory approval this week to interconnect its Mount Holly microgrid testbed for energy export. The utility requested permission for a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (No. E-7, SUB 1124). The testbed is used by the 25-member Coalition of the Willing … [Read more...]

Microgrid Survey Finds Siemens to be Best Known Industry Player

Results of a microgrid survey released today by Microgrid Knowledge show Siemens to be the most recognized name in microgrids among 21 companies. The independent survey also found electric reliability to be the biggest reason for installing a microgrid. Financing serves as the biggest hindrance. We conducted the online poll over the spring … [Read more...]

Microgrids Aren’t Being Built Fast Enough: Hurricane Matthew

energy storage and microgrids

Hurricane Matthew made a blunt case for microgrids last week as it toppled thousands of electric poles and wires across four states in a cascade that left millions without electricity, some even a week later. Arriving about a month shy of the four-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Matthew again reminded the U.S. why interconnected grids and … [Read more...]

ABB Offers Plug-and-Play Microgrid…S&C Electric Wins Energy Storage Award for Minster…Borrego Goes Storage

plug-and-play microgrid

ABB offers plug-and-play microgrid in a box Switzerland-based ABB says it now offers a plug-and-play microgrid with all components in a container that can be easily shipped. The microgrid also is modular and scalable with four pre-designed sizes in the range of 50 kW to 4,600 kW to meet varying customer needs. The system contains battery … [Read more...]

ABB Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid in India…Aquion Offers Solar-Plus-Storage for Australian Homes

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ABB readies to install industrial microgrid at its India plant ABB plans to install an industrial microgrid at its largest manufacturing facility in India, which employees 3,000 people. The Vadodara facility in Gujarat, India will include a rooftop solar array to boost renewables, reduce fossil fuel use, and improve the facility's electric … [Read more...]

Microgrid Player Hitachi on the Environment…Siemens and Software…S&C Project Award…ABB’s Microgrid Sails

microgrid player Hitachi

Microgrid player Hitachi sets long-term environmental strategy Hitachi, a key player in the microgrid market, has set a target to reduce carbon dioxide 80 percent across the company’s value chain as part of a new long-term environmental strategy. Called "Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050,” the plan also calls for a 50 percent improvement … [Read more...]

Energy Storage is an Enabler for Microgrids

enabler for microgrids

ABB's Bob Fesmire explains how energy storage is becoming more refined, and acting as an enabler for microgrids. Most of the time when people talk about microgrids, they talk about reliability (e.g., for a hospital or other critical load) and renewables. When people talk about renewables, they often talk about storage (e.g., to maximize the … [Read more...]

ABB Microgrids Elevated to Corporate ‘Next Level’

ABB Microgrid

Microgrids are not a new business for ABB. In fact, while much of the world is just becoming aware of the technology, ABB has spent the last 15 years installing about 11 MW of off-grid microgrids in remote areas of the world. Four years ago the Switzerland-based technology company began to significantly accelerate its microgrid operation. That … [Read more...]

US Microgrid Market Growing Faster than Previously Thought: New GTM Research

US microgrid market

The US microgrid market is growing faster than expected, fueled by a rise in new ownership configurations, says a report released today by GTM Research. GTM now forecasts that US microgrid capacity will reach 4.3 GW by 2020, up from the research firm’s estimate last quarter of 3.71 GW. The US currently has about 160 microgrids with 1,649 MW of … [Read more...]