The Microgrid Knowledge Asia Channel

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

North America Now Top Microgrid Market due to Installations by Businesses

North America is now the top microgrid market, largely due to installation of commercial & industrial (C&I) microgrids, according to a new report by Guidehouse Insights, previously Navigant Research. The report found 6,610 microgrids projects worldwide, representing 31,784.6 MW of capacity, as of the first quarter of this … [Read more...]

Mining Toolkit Helps Clean Energy Industry Protect Profit, People and Planet

Clean energy’s gold rush for minerals used to manufacture electric vehicles, solar and other systems is not always sustainable and sometimes employs questionable labor practices, says a group that has released a mining toolkit to help the industry develop best practices. The Energy Resources Governance Initiative’s (ERGI) toolkit aims to … [Read more...]

A Global Tour of Contrasting Microgrid and VPP Markets

Peter Asmus of Guidehouse explores the different drivers impacting microgrid and virtual power plant (VPP) uptake.  The stars are aligning for distributed energy resources (DER) to play an increasingly important role in providing energy services across both retail and wholesale markets. Recent forecasts from Navigant Research, a Guidehouse … [Read more...]

ASEAN’s Largest Off-Grid Hybrid Microgrid Now Live

The inaugural project in CleanGrid Partners’ $100 million microgrid investment portfolio has gone live in the Philippines. Installed by the WEnergy Global Fund's Sabang Renewable Energy Corporation (SERC), the off-grid hybrid microgrid is located in the town of Cabuyagan on the Philippine island of Palawan. It's the first $20 million … [Read more...]

Hydrogen Microgrid Demonstrated at Thailand Botanical Park and Research Center

A botanical garden in Thailand is trying to give a boost to the hydrogen microgrid concept, an approach that is still nascent. The 600-acre Nongooch Tropical Botanical Gardens in Pattaya set up a demontration microgrid in early October to show that hydrogen can act as an energy storage solution for local grids, one that doesn't require … [Read more...]

Southeast Asian Eco-Resorts Drawn to Microgrids by Favorable Economics

Eco-resorts in Southeast Asia are installing microgrids to keep the lights on and the tourists coming as economic terms increasingly favor renewable energy over stand-alone diesel generators. An eco-resort in the Maldives, for example, has operated a 4.1 MW off-grid microgrid since October 2016 to serve an average 63% of electricity demand … [Read more...]

Flash-Charging E-Bus System in China Expected to Charge in Seconds

A collaboration between ABB and China electric bus (e-bus) manufacturer King Long Motor Group holds the promise of a flash-charging system for e-buses that opens the door to electric vehicle-to-grid and development of urban microgrids. ABB and King Long are in the midst of developing a pilot project in China. King Long is designing and … [Read more...]

Panasonic and Indian Utility Team up to Roll Out Urban Microgrids

Panasonic and Indian electricity utility group BYPL recently installed four solar-plus-storage-based urban microgrids on rooftops at the utility's offices in the Delhi region, piloting what development partners expect will be many more to come. The partnership's microgrids offer 5-7 kW of solar with daily battery energy storage capacity … [Read more...]

Rural Electrification: Not Only Lights, but Jobs

Minigrids and distributed renewable energy (DRE) promise to create much-needed employment as rural electrification ramps up in Nigeria, India and Kenya, according to a study, Powering Jobs Census 2019: The Energy Access Workforce. The report comes from Power for All, an organization of 250 business, finance, research and civil society … [Read more...]

Micro Power Plant Start-Up Aims to Spur Decentralized Energy Revolution in Myanmar

A solar energy-centered microgrid start-up -- one that develops what it calls micro power systems -- is bringing electrification for the first time to towns and villages in Myanmar. Gaining the support of foreign development organizations such as Norway's Norfund, Yoma Micro Power has installed 51 off-grid micro power plants in rural Myanmar … [Read more...]