2019 Looks Big for Home Battery Storage in Australia

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Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes the promising growth in home battery storage underway in Australia. There is no doubt that 2018 has been a massive year for solar PV, with any number of major milestones and records notched up over the course of the year, including two million solar homes. But could 2019 be the year of the … [Read more...]

PXiSE Aims to Create “Federation of Microgrids” in Australia with DERMS

Federation of Microgrids

Sempra subsidiary PXiSE Energy Solutions plans to create a federation of microgrids to boost renewable energy in remote Australia towns under a new agreement with utility Horizon Power. Many of the isolated towns now have mini-grids or microgrids, each about 1 MW in size, that burn up to 95 percent diesel, said Patrick Lee, president of … [Read more...]

US Utility Invests in Kilowatt Labs to Boost Service with Microgrids

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Until December 2017, Kilowatt Labs was still a startup company, developing supercapacitor-based energy storage and an energy server that’s designed to manage distributed energy. But after the company delivered its first product in January, Kilowatt Labs attracted more business than expected. Most recently, it garnered a $2.5 million … [Read more...]

Utilities See Future Profits in Microgrids: Survey

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Utilities see microgrids and related technologies as future revenue opportunities to help counter dampened profits from their traditional services, according to a new study from Accenture. The finding came from a survey of 150 utility executives across more than 25 countries, part of Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research program, now … [Read more...]

Largest Renewable Energy Microgrid in Australia Offers Businesses Lower Cost Energy

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Sophie Vorrath of One Step off the Grid describes how Australia's largest renewable energy microgrid will offer lower cost energy for businesses. Victoria’s coal power hub, the Latrobe Valley, is set to host Australia’s “largest” renewable energy microgrid, after a $15 million solar and battery storage project proposed by a consortium of … [Read more...]

Microgrid to Help Australian Farmers Tackle Energy Pain Points

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Sophie Vorrath, deputy editor of One Step off the Grid, describes a newly funded demonstration microgrid to help Australian farmers. A Victorian solar and storage microgrid project geared at helping Australian farmers to tackle energy-related “pain points,” including rising power prices and unreliable supply, has won state government … [Read more...]

What is a Virtual Power Plant?

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A virtual power plant turns on its head the traditional idea of relying on big, centralized power plants for predictable power. But what is it exactly? And who uses virtual power plants and why?   A virtual power plant works remotely to combine a number of independent energy resources from disparate locations into a network that provides … [Read more...]

What’s Driving Microgrids toward a $30.9B Market?

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A forecast issued this week by Navigant Research identifies several new trends emerging in the global microgrid market as it moves toward becoming a $30.9 billion industry by 2027. The number of vendors in the arena has increased dramatically. Utilities, once seen as obstructers to microgrids, are now building their own. Microgrid growth is … [Read more...]

Enwave Wins Bid for South Australia District Energy System

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Enwave has won a bid to install a district energy system that incorporates one of Australia’s largest rooftop solar arrays for the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide, South Australia's capital city. Enwave Energy plans to invest about $40 million over a 50-year period on photovoltaics, battery storage, smart technologies and future … [Read more...]

Win for Virtual Power Plants and Aggregations in Australia

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Giles Parkinson, founder and owner of RenewEconomy, describes a wholesale market decision that is expected to boost virtual power plants and energy aggregations in Australia. Tesla and other proponents of virtual power plants and demand management schemes have scored a significant win after the country’s main energy market rule maker … [Read more...]