The Microgrid Knowledge Europe Channel

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

Russia doesn’t know it, but it just made a strong case for local energy

The worldwide headline today is that Russia is cutting natural gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria unless they pay in rubles, making energy, in essence, a weapon of war. European leaders described Russia's move as blackmail to undercut their support of Ukraine. Russia's actions make real the longtime worry that European countries are too … [Read more...]

These 2 organizations acted quickly to provide solar microgrids to Ukraine

“We have to do something,” Will Heegaard, operations manager for Footprint Project — a nonprofit that provides solar microgrids and other emergency power systems to disaster areas — told Paul Shmotolokha just hours after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Heegaard and Shmotolokha — a Ukrainian-American and CEO of New Use … [Read more...]

Why aren’t there more small wind turbines on buildings?

Solar panels and batteries are common elements of a microgrid. Wind turbines, on the other hand, are more of a rarity. Large wind turbines can be found in microgrids built on islands or in remote blustery locales. But smaller rooftop wind turbines, befitting a city skyline, are rare. Solar panels are the more common sight. Cities can be … [Read more...]

Alpine projects help climb the microgrid mountain

Six microgrids are being developed across European alpine states as part of a program designed to foster local energy grids. The microgrids are being constructed under the ALPGRIDS project, which focuses on creating support for microgrids and a wider understanding of their benefits. Building on six existing pilot sites in five countries, the … [Read more...]

Microgrids for new eco-friendly housing developments in the UK

A not-for-profit organization has launched a share offer campaign to develop new clean energy microgrid projects across the UK. Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) aims to raise £1 million ($1.4 million) from its latest share offering. This adds to the roughly £14 million ($19 million) that the cooperative has raised over the decade since it was … [Read more...]

Want to speak at Microgrid 2022? Deadline is Feb. 1

The deadline is just a few weeks away to apply to speak at Microgrid 2022: Microgrids as Climate Heroes to be held June 1-2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a city central to the vibrant microgrid markets of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Microgrid Knowledge's annual conference is the largest worldwide gathering of the microgrid … [Read more...]

22 intriguing microgrid projects to watch in 2022

Last year one of the most read articles on Microgrid Knowledge was “21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021,” so this year we’re offering up a new list for 2022. The microgrid industry has been busy — there was no shortage of projects to choose from. In fact, our initial list netted twice what we needed. Since it’s 2022 not 2044, … [Read more...]

Bad news. Santa’s bringing coal this year. How do we change the story?

Bad news. Santa is bringing coal this year. Lots of it. The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects coal-fired generation to reach a new worldwide record high by the end of 2021. This, of course, is the opposite of what supporters of microgrids want to see. The goal is a cleaner, not dirtier, electric system. So how did we get here? IEA … [Read more...]

UK Microgrid Project Offers Path to Residential Electrification

A new zero-carbon microgrid development underway in the UK could pilot a route to the use of microgrids that add far greater value to energy consumers. The Grove Park housing and business development at Sellindge, near Ashford in Kent, will be powered exclusively via a renewable energy plus storage microgrid coupled with a smart grid … [Read more...]

Plans Unveiled for Microgrid 2022!

Following its sold-out event this week in California, Microgrid Knowledge today announced that Microgrid 2022 will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 1-2. The annual industry event is expected to attract several hundred participants, among them businesses, institutions and government entities that are exploring microgrid adoption, along … [Read more...]