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Battery/Diesel Grid-connected Microgrids: A Case Study of Future Microgrid Capabilities

Introduction As large scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many industrial utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS) which will likely be part of future microgrid systems. Based in Victoria, Australia, AusNet Services, the state’s largest energy … [Read more...]

Microgrid Configurations Increasingly Used in Smart Grid Research

More than half of the labs that responded to a survey from the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel are testing solar, inverters, energy storage or some combination of the three, and half are doing so in a microgrid configuration, according to SGIP. SGIP surveyed 35 utilities, national laboratories, universities and technology solution providers … [Read more...]

Playing Nice: What the Duke Energy Microgrid Test Bed Teaches

Integrating – not just adding distributed energy resources – is the key to strengthening the new grid. That realization is what led to the Duke Energy microgrid test bed, created with the help of an intriguingly named ‘Coalition of the Willing.’ The impetus for the project goes back to a few years ago, when the utility saw the explosive growth … [Read more...]

Infocast’s Microgrid Markets Summit East Announces Addition of U.S. DOE/MIT Microgrid Controller Demonstration and New Speakers

Infocast, a world leading business intelligence and networking events producer in renewable energy finance, investment, and development is excited to announce a new additions to the upcoming Microgrid Markets Summit East, scheduled for March 16-18, 2016 in Arlington, VA. Utility engineers face significant challenges in evaluating the potential … [Read more...]

Fire Safety in Energy Storage Batteries Under Review

With energy storage batteries being adopted very quickly, there are some concerns about their fire safety, especially the potential for fires in batteries used for residential storage applications. The National Fire Protection Association is studying how to best train firefighters to respond to fires in homes and businesses that contain energy … [Read more...]

GE’s Smart Microgrids: Efficient and Reliable

Smart microgrids are reliable and efficient, and GE has the ability to leverage its experience and expertise to make them even more efficient,  says Jim Walsh, general manager of GE's new Automation & Controls solutions in this podcast interview. (See player above.) The company recently acquired Alstom's power and grid business, a move that … [Read more...]

Protecting Against Cyber Attacks on the Power Grid

The potential for cyber attacks on the power grid is very real, especially with the advent of electronic devices that send information about assets that supply energy to the grid. In fact, in the first half of 2015, the federal government responded to more than 100 cyber incidents that affected infrastructure in the US. And the energy sector had … [Read more...]

Quick Microgrid News…How about Wave Energy Microgrids?…Stem’s Big Game Changer

We hear a lot about solar and wind microgrids. So now how about wave energy microgrids? Australian company Carnegie Wave Energy today signed an agreement with the Republic of Seychelles to investigate commercial wave and microgrid opportunities in the 115-island country off the coast of South Africa. Under the memorandum of understanding, … [Read more...]

Creator of a “Microgrid in a Box” Honored at White House

Lisa Laughner doesn't meet many other women who've founded technology startups like her company, Go Electric, which produces what she calls a "microgrid in a box." Laughner, CEO of Go Electric, recently was honored by an invitation to the White House to demonstrate her product, described by Laughner as an "uninterruptible power system on … [Read more...]

Look Inside the Oncor Microgrid

We first reviewed the Oncor microgrid back in April. This three minute video takes you inside the Oncor microgrid.  Host David Chiesa, of S&C Electric, describes its state-of-the-art workings and how utilities like Oncor are using microgrids to keep the lights on during natural … [Read more...]