The Microgrid Knowledge Asia Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in Asia including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

How Many Microgrids Are There Exactly?

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Trying to determine how many microgrids exist in the world is not easy. No central registry exists. And while some microgrids receive global publicity, others are quietly operating in places as far-flung as the remote Himalayas. Navigant Research has been hard at work trying to track down exactly how many microgrids are out there. The research … [Read more...]

Mini-Grids Foolhardy No Longer, Husk Power Raises $20M via Engie, Shell & Swedfund


With a $20 million venture capital infusion for their mini-grids, Husk Power Systems is pressing forward with its mission to electrify rural communities, much like the one in India where the company's founder grew up. From new headquarters in Colorado, the 10-year-old company is advancing a mini-grid technology that uses organic agricultural … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric and Engie Take Next Step on Southeast Asia’s Largest Hybrid Microgrid

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Schneider Electric and Engie have completed the first phase of installing assets for Southeast Asia’s largest hybrid microgrid, a project in Singapore. Located on Semakau Island, the microgrid is meant to serve as a model for parts of the developing world that lack reliable electricity. The project will provide electricity for cooking and … [Read more...]

Lessons from Natural Disasters Spur New Microgrids in Japan

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Political and grassroots public support for a resilient, non-nuclear and fossil fuel-free future is gaining traction and spurring development of new microgrids in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is advancing efforts to invest greater sums to develop smart villages, towns and cities with interconnected, … [Read more...]

Microgrid Knowledge Seeks Input for its 2017 Survey

Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey

Who’s building microgrids, where and why? Please share your insights by taking the Microgrid Knowledge 2017 Survey, now live here. It will take just 10 minutes (or less) to answer the questions. And in return we’ll be sure you are among the first to receive the results. Just leave your email (optional) at the end of the survey, and we’ll … [Read more...]

Navigant Identifies 173 More Microgrid Projects, Sees Growth in Solar & CHP Microgrids

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Navigant Research has identified 173 new microgrid projects worldwide in its Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q17, released this week. In all, Navigant has found 1,842 microgrids operating, under development, or proposed, representing 19,279.4 MW of capacity globally. In its last tracker, released in December 2016, Navigant had counted 1,681 … [Read more...]

Microgrid investment Fund, Backed by Facebook and Microsoft, Issues RFQ

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A new California-based microgrid investment fund is seeking projects to finance in India, Indonesia or Tanzania. The Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) this week seeking qualified and experienced renewable energy service companies (RESCOs). MIA hopes to finance microgrid projects that: Are … [Read more...]

Doctors Bring Hospital Solar Plus Storage Systems to War-Torn Syria


A medical organization founded by Syrian doctors worldwide has launched a campaign to bring hospital solar plus storage systems to Syria, where power outages are causing patient deaths. Last week marked the start of Syria Solar, undertaken by UOSSM (Union des Organisations de Secours et Soins Médicaux), which operates 12 major hospitals and … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrid Projects on the Rise; Market Attracts Tesla

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Tesla and other energy storage players see a rising market for remote microgrid projects in what’s shaping up to be an “important year of ground-laying,” says a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The companies are installing battery-based microgrids to replace diesel energy on far-flung islands or to bring clean and steady … [Read more...]

Facebook and Microsoft Seed $50M Fund for Energy Access Microgrids

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Facebook and Microsoft are seeding a new $50 million investment fund to create profitable business models for energy access microgrids in areas of the world that lack electricity. Launched April 3, the Microgrid Investment Accelerator (MIA) will initially focus on projects over 5 kW in India, Indonesia and East Africa. Alexia Kelly, CEO of … [Read more...]