ABB’s Modular Microgrid, Enel’s Disruptive Energy Tech, Mercedes Benz Home Storage

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ABB seeks partners to trial new modular microgrid ABB plans to make a modular microgrid widely available at the end of 2017 that is suited to remote communities, extreme environments and places that lack access to reliable grid power. The MGS100 is also designed for small commercial and industrial facilities with inconsistent grid supply, so … [Read more...]

Quick News: FuelCell Energy & Trinity College, Grid Mod, Siemens & Smart Grid, Hybrid Gensets

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FuelCell Energy gets Trinity College microgrid-ready FuelCell Energy has executed a power purchase agreement with Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, to install a 1.4 MW microgrid-ready fuel cell power plant. The college, which serves 2,200 students on a 100-acre campus, expects to save about 30 percent in annual energy costs through … [Read more...]

The Growing Problem of Momentary Power Outages: What Can Utilities Do?

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S&C Electric's US President Michael Edmonds talks about a problem not caught by old-school reliability measures -- momentary power outages that disrupt sensitive equipment. The problem is growing, he says. The cause may surprise you. Utilities for years have worked hard to improve their performance, and they have some stories of success … [Read more...]

Non-Wires Alternatives Embraced by BPA as it Abandons 80-mile Transmission Line Project

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The Bonneville Power Administration plans to pursue non-wires alternatives instead of an 80-mile transmission line, signaling a business shift toward targeted solutions over large centralized infrastructure. "The outcome is much bigger than a decision to build or not build this line: We are transforming how we plan for and manage our … [Read more...]

Town of Avon, Connecticut, Issues RFP for Microgrid Project Design

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A microgrid project underway in Avon, Connecticut last week entered the RFP phase, with town government seeking design proposals. Avon plans to install the microgrid to serve nine town buildings, including police, fire and town offices, and wants the flexibity to possibly expand the project to the nearby Avon Village Center. Where … [Read more...]

City of Pittsburgh to Use Siemens Smart City Tool

Pittsburgh will calculate the environmental and economic impacts of new infrastructure projects using Siemens smart city tool, the company announced. The city is embarking on an ambitious energy infrastructure overhaul that includes a grid of microgrids. It will use Siemens City Performance Tool to gauge the impact of its proposed energy … [Read more...]

University Achieves 20 Percent Savings with Smart Financing and a Fuel Cell Microgrid

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A fuel cell microgrid now supplies 80 percent of the power for critical facilities at the University of Bridgeport and cuts the energy costs by 20 percent during normal operations, as explained in this case study from “Fuel Cell Microgrids: The Path to Lower Cost, Higher Reliability Cleaner Energy." Spiritualist drawing rooms in 19th century … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Show Strong Promise

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Dynapower’s Chip Palombini describes what’s driving growth in solar plus storage microgrids in the U.S. and how to derive maximum production from the systems. The promise of energy storage enabled microgrids, particularly solar plus storage microgrids, is just emerging. We at Dynapower see a bright future for these projects with recent … [Read more...]

White Plains Microgrid Seeks NY Clean Community Funds & Other Quick News

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Next Steps for White Plains Microgrid in Planning with Hitachi The City of White Plains says it will seek state clean energy community funds to help develop a microgrid with Hitachi. White Plains was recently designated a Clean Energy Community by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The designation highlights … [Read more...]

Utility Microgrids Win $7M from Washington State Clean Energy Fund

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Two utility microgrids – one under development by Avista and the other by the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) – yesterday received $3.5 million each from the state Clean Energy Fund. The utility microgrids are part of a larger push by the state to develop grid modernization models that can be replicated elsewhere. Issued … [Read more...]