The Case for Microgrids on Skids: Small and Modular

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Hitachi's Steve Pullins and Brian Levite explore the possibilities of small, modular microgrid solutions that could be designed once and built in a controlled environment; what they are calling microgrids on skids. The case for microgrids has been made many times here on the pages of Microgrid … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Florida Aims for Hip, Two-Way Grid of the Future

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Duke Energy Florida has plans to re-make its grid into a two-way grid that incorporates renewable energy, storage, electric vehicle charging stations and smart meters and boosts resiliency. The plan is a blueprint for re-making a dated grid into a more fashionable system that’s bidirectional, flexible, protects itself against power outages … [Read more...]

$1.5 Billion Microgrid Market Opportunity Emerges in Kenya

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A confluence of innovation, risk taking, and public and private effort has created a five-year, $1.5 billion microgrid market opportunity in Kenya, leading Germany’s TFE Consulting to dub the East African nation, “The World's Microgrid Lab.” International startups are deploying innovative mobile 'pay as you go' (Pay-Go), home solar, and … [Read more...]

Australian Start-up Launches Distributed Energy Exchange

Sophie Vorrath of RenewEconomy describes a new distributed energy exchange by GreenSync that facilitates energy transactions between businesses, households, communities and utilities. Melbourne-based tech start-up GreenSync has officially launched its potentially game-changing trading platform for distributed energy resources – a technology the … [Read more...]

The Potential of DC-Coupled Solar Plus Storage Microgrids

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Dynapower's Chip Palombini shares how DC-coupled solar plus storage microgrids can help maximize energy potential and cut down on installation costs.  As utilities improve grid resiliency through the use of non-transmission alternatives, solar plus storage microgrids have gained traction for their … [Read more...]

British Tech Park Takes Next Step on Microgrid Project & News from Urbanova and Navigant

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Forrest wins contract for energy plan at Cumbria microgrid Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) has taken its next step in developing a complex microgrid system for its two-square mile business park in Cumbria by hiring renewable energy contractor Forrest to create a low-carbon energy master plan. The British real estate company intends to make … [Read more...]

How a Kid and a Hockey Game Created a Community Microgrid

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It wasn’t a hurricane, blizzard or blackout that gave Todd Wilcox the idea to develop a community microgrid in North Bay, Ontario. Instead, of all things, it was a hockey game. The CEO of North Bay Hydro was watching a game at the local ice rink, an important gathering spot for the small city in northeastern Ontario. He saw a young child … [Read more...]

Hurricane Harvey Creates New Abnormal for the Electric Grid

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Stories are just beginning to emerge about microgrids and distributed energy systems that are keeping critical services up and running despite Hurricane Harvey's best efforts to do them in. Twenty-one convenience stores and gas stations in the Houston area remained open thanks to an unusual microgrid system designed by Enchanted Rock … [Read more...]

Japanese Consortium Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid Demo in Rajasthan

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Japan’s NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Organization), Hitachi, Hitachi Systems and Itochu, in conjunction with the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, are launching an industrial microgrid demonstration project in India. Built to reliably supply power for a Mikuni India manufacturing facility in the Neemrana … [Read more...]

Analysis: Will the Perry Study Actually Help Microgrids and Energy Storage?

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Microgrids and energy storage improve electric reliability. So it was perplexing to see how little attention they received in a major study on grid reliability issued this week by the U.S. Department of Energy. Businesses, communities and institutions across the country have stepped up installation of microgrids in recent years to ensure power … [Read more...]