Solar Microgrids in South Africa Electrify, Boost Economic Development

Solar Microgrids in South Africa

Accenture Development Partnerships has teamed up with the University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) and The Rural Development Company to develop solar microgrids in South Africa that aim to provide rural electrification and economic development. Accenture is trying to create a sustainable economic model that can be … [Read more...]

Inside an Optimized Microgrid: What is the Source of its Value?

optimized microgrid

Here we lift the lid on an optimized microgrid to see the source of its real value: the advanced microgrid controller. Surprisingly, the controller makes up a relatively small amount of a microgrid's costs, as we discuss in this excerpt from our new report, "How Microgrids Can Achieve Maximum Return on Investment (ROI): The Role of the Advanced … [Read more...]

Watershed Energy Storage Events Create Microgrid Markets

multi-hour energy storage

We're seeing watershed events in the energy storage industry, and they're creating new microgrid markets. That's the word from Matt Roberts, executive director of the Energy Storage Association. Here's just one example of the many watershed events that are creating opportunities for microgrids: PJM recently created a performance capacity … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Microgrid Tests Game-Changing Communications System

Duke Energy Microgrid

A Duke Energy microgrid test bed is striving to crack one of the biggest challenges facing utilities today: the need to seamlessly integrate distributed resources and allow for real-time communication between the resources and utilities. In North Carolina's Gaston County, at the Mount Holly test bed, Duke is experimenting with 'Open Field … [Read more...]

Storm-Struck PECO Proposes Two Integrated Community Microgrids

community microgrids

Plagued by power outages due to storms, PECO on May 18 filed a plan with Pennsylvania regulators to build two integrated community microgrids for a high density neighborhood with an 8.6 MW load. "Severe weather is a leading cause of power outages in PECO’s service territory. For example, as a consequence of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, approximately … [Read more...]

What’s behind Caterpillar’s New Hybrid Microgrid Play? Here’s a Deeper Look

Microgrid Technology

Caterpillar became the latest big infrastructure company to unveil a microgrid play with the recent launch of its hybrid microgrid into the global market. The Cat hybrid technology combines solar, energy storage and fossil fuels and will focus on projects 10 kW to 100 MW. A $47 billion company, Cat intends to leverage its global distribution … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technology Increases Uptime for Artificial Lift Equipment and Other Quick News

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Microgrid Technology Increases Uptime and Production for Artificial Lift Equipment An updated microgrid technology from FlexGen aims to cure the problems that plague artificial lift equipment. (Think: electric submersible pumps, gas lift, and rod pumps). Electrical reliability and power quality problems are all too common and result in high energy … [Read more...]

DC-linked Microgrid Planned…Wind-Powered Microgrids Aim for Net Zero & More

DC-linked microgrid in Ontario Canadian company ARDA Power and Austria-based Gildemeister energy storage GmbH are collaborating on a DC-linked microgrid in Burlington, Ontario. The DC-linked microgrid will include multiple energy sources (among them solar and gas generation), energy storage, and direct current and alternating current … [Read more...]

In a Big Northwest Earthquake, Microgrids Can Prevent Outages

Microgrids can prevent blackouts

If a big earthquake strikes the Northwest, as predicted, microgrids can prevent outages, says Rhys Roth, director of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure at Evergreen State College, which has released a report about how the Northwest can create an affordable, resilient and integrated energy system. "On the West Coast, … [Read more...]

Getting People’s Eyes & Hands on Microgrids with Exploration Station

Getting people's hands on microgrids

People who don't understand microgrids--or energy in general--can get their eyes and hands on microgrids with a portable Microgrid Exploration Station created by the Wisconsin Energy Institute. The exploration station is a great way of visualizing how microgrids operate--and also better understand how energy flows in general, says John Greenler, … [Read more...]