The Microgrid Knowledge Europe Channel

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

Storage is the Boss for Utility-Scale Microgrid Yielding 70% Renewables

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A utility-scale microgrid that uses energy storage has slashed the use of diesel fuel and allowed for up to 70 percent renewables to serve a Portuguese Island, Graciosa. The microgrid is made up of a 6-MW, 3.5-MWh battery system from Switzerland-based Leclanché, about 1.5 MW of wind energy, 3 MW of solar and an existing diesel system that … [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...]

Schneider Electric to Deliver Microgrid for Distribution Center in Finland

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Schneider Electric will deliver an industrial microgrid in southern Finland to serve a distribution center run by Lidl, a German-based grocery store chain. Described by Schneider as Finland’s largest industrial microgrid, the project will use 100 percent renewable energy generated by 1,600 rooftop solar panels. Located in Järvenpää, … [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...]

Here Comes the Rolls-Royce of Microgrids. Literally.

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Yet another global name is expanding its microgrid play -- Rolls-Royce -- with yesterday's announcement that it has taken a stake in an energy storage and controls startup and will now offer turnkey microgrids. The transportation and power technology company will add batteries, controls and renewables to its microgrid line following its investment … [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...]

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...]