NEC Installs Europe’s Largest Battery System

NEC

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...]

How DERMS and Smart Inverters Safely Bring Distributed Resources to the Grid

smart inverters

Distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and smart inverters can together help efficiently and safely bring distributed energy onto the grid, as described in the fourth part of a Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series on DERMS and virtual power plants.  As use of renewable energy grows, grid management becomes more complex for … [Read more...]

Enhancing Energy Resilience, Reducing Risk Through a Microgrid Approach

energy resilience

In this week's edition of Industry Perspectives, Mark Feasel, vice president, electric utility segment and smart grid at ‎Schneider Electric, explores how microgrids can increase energy resilience and cut down on risks associated with power outages.  In an increasingly connected society, the economic impact of extreme weather and associated … [Read more...]

Turning your Commercial Solar Energy System into a Microgrid

Russelectric

Tim Kelley, director of renewable and storage solutions at Russelectric, highlights the benefits of turning a solar energy system into a microgrid. An estimated 9 – 10 GW, representing 100,000 commercial solar energy systems, were installed in the US between 2010 and 2017. This is derived from Solar Energy Industries Association data, and … [Read more...]

Younicos Becomes Latest Company to Offer Microgrid-as-a-Service

microgrid-as-a-service

The microgrid-as-a-service model continues to gain traction, now with German-based Younicos and its parent Aggreko moving into the space. Approaches vary, but generally microgrid-as-a-service spares the customer from making an upfront capital outlay for the system. Instead, a third-party owns the microgrid and sells service to the customer, … [Read more...]

What are Distributed Energy Management Systems (aka DERMS)?

DERMS

Last week, the new Microgrid Knowledge Special Report series that explores the benefits of distributed energy management systems (DERMS) and virtual power plants (VPPs) covered how VPPs can replace conventional power plants while also providing higher efficiency, greater flexibility and increased grid reliability. Here’s the third post, that … [Read more...]

California Energy Commission Okays $10M for College and Airport Microgrids

airport microgrid

The California Energy Commission yesterday approved about $10 million in grants, one for a college microgrid in Sonoma County and the second for an airport microgrid in Humboldt County. The commission vote is the final stage in a competitive process underway to distribute about $50 million in microgrid funds to various projects throughout the … [Read more...]

Michigan’s Largest Utility to Propose Virtual Power Plants and Renewables in IRP

virtual power plants

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, plans to unveil an integrated resource plan (IRP) this week that elevates virtual power plants as a means to meet new energy needs. Virtual power plants aggregate distributed energy resources and orchestrate their operation via a central control system.  Due to the Michigan Public Service … [Read more...]

What’s Driving Organizations and Businesses to Invest in Microgrids?

invest in microgrids

In this week's Industry Perspectives, James Redden, vice president of energy asset development at Ameresco, sets out three key factors — beyond financial returns — motivating C-suite executives to invest in microgrids.  Microgrid economics continue to get better. Costs are declining and system performance improving to the point where microgrids … [Read more...]

Solar and Storage Companies Create Advocacy Group for Puerto Rico

solar and energy storage

A group of solar and energy storage companies, some international in scope, have joined forces to advocate for Puerto Rico as it rebuilds its electric grid. New Energy, Pura Energía, SRInergy, Windmar, Sunrun, Tabuchi and Sonnen are among the founding members of the Solar and Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico (SESA-PR). “I was born … [Read more...]