The Microgrid Knowledge Europe Channel

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

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...]

Centrica Survey: Businesses See Rapid Movement Toward On-site Energy

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Over 80 percent of US businesses foresee one-quarter of energy for businesses coming from on-site energy sources within just seven years, according to a new report by Centrica Business Solutions. The findings come from a survey of 1,000 companies in the US, UK, Germany, Ireland and Italy, conducted by the distributed energy company in an … [Read more...]

Open Networks: Laying the Foundation for the UK’s Future Electricity Grid

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Yasmin Ali, a London-based writer for Microgrid Knowledge, offers insight into the transformation occuring on the UK grid, as distributed energy increasingly gives consumers an opportunity to become power producers. A county in the southwestern tip of England is trialing technology that could have broad implications for the way power is … [Read more...]

UK University Powers Microgrid with Non-Recyclable Plastic Waste

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Powerhouse Energy Group, a technology developer working on modular waste-to-energy solutions, has connected its plastic waste-to-energy process to a microgrid at the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park in the UK. The proprietary technology, the G3-UHt Distributed Modular Gasification (DMG) process, offers a potential solution for … [Read more...]

E.ON and Vertiv Partner to Offer Virtual Power Plant Services for Critical Infrastructure

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International energy giant E.ON and U.S.-based Vertiv (previously Emerson Network Power) have joined forces to deliver virtual power plant services in Germany, with an eye toward other markets worldwide. Partnering with Vertiv gives E.ON -- a European-based company with $67.9 billion in assets -- the opportunity to offer uninterruptible … [Read more...]

NEC Installs Europe’s Largest Battery System

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Boston-based NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) has completed installation of Europe's largest battery system, 48-MW of energy storage that will provide reactive power in Germany to stabilize the transmission grid. NEC developed the project in Jardelund for German company EnspireME, a joint venture between Japan's Mitsubishi and Eneco, a … [Read more...]

100% Renewable Microgrid for Sweden’s Rural Community of Simris

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In the rural town of Simris in the South of Sweden, E.ON, a large European utility company, has been testing the islanding of a 100 percent renewable microgrid. Remote areas of Northern Scandinavia experience harsh winter storms, with falling trees causing damage to overhead power lines, resulting in power outages. Reliable microgrids that … [Read more...]

S&C Electric’s Kyle Seymour on Why Microgrids are the Problem — and the Solution

Kyle Seymour

It’s a lucky company that need travel no further than its own backyard to show cutting-edge examples of its technology. These days global manufacturer S&C Electric Company is one of those companies. S&C was an early player in microgrids, automation and other smart grid equipment. Now its home city – Chicago – is fast becoming an … [Read more...]

Bornholm Island Acts as Microgrid Lab for Denmark’s Green Ambitions

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Denmark has an ambitious target to produce 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050. But integrating renewable energy into the system makes it difficult to balance the intermittent supply with demand. With its high abundance of renewable energy, Bornholm Island, just south of Sweden, was the perfect test site for the … [Read more...]