Connecticut’s UI Completes Woodbridge Microgrid

United Illuminating (UI) has completed the Woodbridge microgrid, a project funded through Connecticut's  Microgrid Pilot Program. The microgrid will power police, fire and shelter services during storms, blackouts and other emergencies. Town and state leaders, including Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, gathered on Monday to celebrate the … [Read more...]

Look Who’s Coming to Microgrid 2018, May 7-9, Chicago!

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Very soon...on May 7...executives from around the world will be in Chicago for Microgrid 2018, which promises to be the game changer microgrid conference of the year. Not only does Microgrid 2018 feature tours of working microgrids in the Chicago area, extensive networking events, and a stellar lineup of speakers, but look who’s coming. Here is … [Read more...]

Eight Projects Proposed in Round 4 of the Connecticut Microgrid Grant Program

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The application window for Round 4 of the pioneering Connecticut microgrid grant program closed with the onset of the new year. Eight entities filed applications for funding to develop community microgrids with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), which is managing and administering the program. Originally created in … [Read more...]

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

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Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in late August with wind and water knocking out 10,000 MW of generating capacity in Texas. Then on … [Read more...]

Microgrid Development: Considering Power Generation Resources

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Frank Wolak, Vice President Sales - Americas at FuelCell Energy, discusses microgrid development and the importance of selecting the right primary power generation resource. The US Department of Energy defines the microgrid as ''a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within … [Read more...]

Another University Microgrid Goes Live, this One in Bridgeport, Connecticut

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Another university microgrid is live, this one in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the latest as higher education continues to show itself as a lead mover in microgrids. The project uses a 1.4 MW fuel cell provided by Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy. “This is a win-win for all,” said Neil Salonen, president of UB, which has 400 full and … [Read more...]

New Connecticut Law Opens Door to More Fuel Cell Projects

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A new law opens the door for more fuel cell projects in Connecticut, with the state placing value on their ability to enhance electric reliability and resiliency. A hub of U.S. fuel cell manufacturing, the state already has several fuel cell microgrids, including projects for the town of Woodbridge, University of Bridgeport, and Hartford’s … [Read more...]

FuelCell Energy Wins $3M Federal Grant for Long Duration Energy Storage

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FuelCell Energy has won a $3 million federal grant to advance the commercialization of its long duration energy storage, a technology that is a good companion to renewable energy. Awarded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the funds will allow the Connecticut-based company to further developer its advanced solid oxide … [Read more...]

A Fuel Cell Microgrid Keeps the Lights on for a Connecticut High School

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This excerpt from “Fuel Cell Microgrids: The Path to Lower Cost, Higher Reliability Cleaner Energy” explains the multiple benefits a fuel cell microgrid brings to a Connecticut high school and the larger community. Students at the Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge, Connecticut are in for a big letdown, but that’s a good … [Read more...]

Quick News: FuelCell Energy & Trinity College, Grid Mod, Siemens & Smart Grid, Hybrid Gensets

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FuelCell Energy gets Trinity College microgrid-ready FuelCell Energy has executed a power purchase agreement with Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, to install a 1.4 MW microgrid-ready fuel cell power plant. The college, which serves 2,200 students on a 100-acre campus, expects to save about 30 percent in annual energy costs through … [Read more...]