Princeton Power Systems Displays New Inverter at Solar Power International

Princeton Power Systems will display its newest generation 100-kW grid tied inverter as well as its new 30-kW wall mount unit at this week’s Solar Power International (SPI) 2015 trade show in Anaheim, Calif. The company’s GTIB-100 G1.2 is a three-phase 100-kW four-quadrant converter with the same advanced microgrid functions as its predecessor. … [Read more...]

Annobon Island Microgrid: Case Study

A microgrid case study: The Annobon Island Microgrid, a reliable and cost-effective island microgrid. Annobon Province, an island off Equatorial Guinea in west central Africa, has a population of approximately 5,000 residents. The residents only have reliable electricity for up to five hours per day and spend an average of 15-20 percent of their … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric’s Microgrid Controller Named Market Leader by Navigant

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Schneider Electric took the top spot as the leader in microgrid controller technology in an analysis released today by Navigant Research. Optimal Power Solutions and Princeton Power Systems took the number two and three spots for this key microgrid system. The microgrid controller comes into play when a microgrid islands from the main grid, … [Read more...]

Latest on the Electric Grid Revolution in California and New York

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Revolutions seem to take forever, and then happen overnight. The electric grid revolution is still in the forever stage. But California and New York covered some big ground over the last couple of weeks. The two states are moving toward a decentralized, more democratic, less monopolized electric grid, one where energy markets are open to the … [Read more...]

Moving Microgrids Beyond R&D

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Joseph McCabe, of Alt Energy Stocks, explores the value proposition of microgrids at Intersolar North America 2015 in San Francisco. Where is the money in microgrids? My goal at this years Intersolar event was to try and answer this question; to figure out the value proposition of microgrids as they relate to distributed generation, storage, … [Read more...]

How the California Drought Affects Energy Storage and Microgrid Markets

California's water worries prompted the state to require utilities to acquire unprecedented amounts of energy storage. Similar worries could prompt other states to support solar and storage to help ease drought problems. And that will help boost the storage and microgrid markets, says Darren Hammell, co-founder and chief strategy officer for … [Read more...]

US Company Sees Opportunity for Energy Projects in Cuba…Once the Politics Settle

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The power flickered off four times in the 2 ½ hours that Darren Hammell waited at Cuba’s Santa Clara airport for his return flight to the United States last month. This departing experience underscored what he had learned on his trip: There is work for U.S. energy companies in the Caribbean's largest island. But how quickly that work … [Read more...]

Another Win for Princeton Power Systems with NYC Energy Storage

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Princeton Power Systems has hit it out of the park again with another high visibility project, this time in Manhattan where energy storage will be installed in luxury buildings and then aggregated to bolster the electric grid. The project will use the GTIB-100 bi-directional converters produced by the New Jersey-based company, which designs and … [Read more...]

Illinois Lawmakers Consider $300M for Utility Microgrids

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Utility microgrids would get a big boost in Illinois under a smart grid bill introduced into the state legislature and backed by the state’s largest utility, Commonwealth Edison. The bill (HB 3328/SB1879) would let ComEd invest $300 million in six microgrid pilot projects that would serve healthcare, homeland security, transportation and water … [Read more...]

Oh the Irony…Storm Cancels Meeting about How Microgrids Keep the Lights on in Storms

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Could it be more ironic? A group in New Jersey, promoting microgrids to ward off outages during storms, had to cancel its January 27 public information meeting. Because of a storm. The good news is that MIDJersey Chamber and the MIDJersey Center for Economic Development plan to reschedule the meeting. Update! The meeting has been rescheduled to … [Read more...]