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Montgomery County’s Microgrid Electric Bus Depot Under Construction

Construction of a 5.6 MW microgrid with distributed energy generation, energy storage and over 2 MW of charging capacity is now underway at the Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot in Montgomery County, Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., after groundbreaking on Sept. 9. AlphaStruxure, a joint venture between Schneider Electric and the … [Read more...]

Briggs & Stratton Acquires SimpliPhi Power 

Engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton has acquired SimpliPhi Power, a California-based battery manufacturer whose technology can be found in many microgrids. Wisconsin-based Briggs & Stratton, which describes itself as the largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment, plans to speed its growth into the energy … [Read more...]

Monash University Offers Help in Developing Microgrids with New Toolbox

One Step Off The Grid’s Sophie Vorrath describes a microgrid toolbox offered by Monash University in Australia to help those trying to develop projects. The team behind a groundbreaking solar and battery storage microgrid installed at the Clayton campus of Victoria’s Monash University has developed an online toolbox to help other businesses, … [Read more...]

PowerSecure, Endeavour Partner on Plug-and-Play Energy Router

PowerSecure, a microgrid company, and Endeavour, a sustainable infrastructure company, have partnered on a plug-and-play energy router, GridBlock, that can manage power supplies, energy storage and loads across microgrids. An Endeavour product, the router can create and operate a self-contained microgrid. The GridBlock platform combines hardware, … [Read more...]

New Microgrid Model for South African Coal

South African state-owned energy giant Eskom has outlined plans to boost its clean energy ambitions with a foray into microgrid development. According to statements from Andre de Ruyter, chief executive of Eskom Holdings, the company plans to accelerate its transition away from coal, which currently provides the bulk of its generation … [Read more...]

APA Group Builds Hybrid Microgrid for Australian Mine

APA Group intends to bring a hybrid microgrid online late this year at the Gruyere Gold Mine in Western Australia. The project will increase the installed capacity at the mine to 64 MW from 45 MW, according to APA, an energy infrastructure company based in Sydney, Australia. In the project’s first phase, APA is adding a twelfth … [Read more...]

Australia Issues $18.8 Million for Remote and Regional Microgrid Projects

RenewEconomy's Michael Mazengarb describes a new round of Australian microgrid funding. Twenty remote and regional microgrid projects have received a funding boost, including communities hit by the destructive bushfires, as part of a new push to boost reliability and  increase the use of renewable energy in regional Australia. A total of … [Read more...]

Form Energy Unveils Low-Cost, Long Duration Battery that Uses Iron and Air

Iron and air are the key ingredients in a long duration battery storage system that Form Energy — the system’s developer — contends can help make emissions-free electricity available for days at a time at a low cost. The Form Energy batteries can run for 100 hours without needing to be recharged, making them ideal for storing energy from … [Read more...]

Microgrids Power the 149th Open Golf Championship

Aggreko and the R&A, one of the governing bodies of golf worldwide, delivered renewable power via microgrids at the 149th Open Championship in Sandwich, England. According to Aggreko, the microgrids provided 5% of the event’s overall power needs from solar, generators that use energy storage and hydro vegetable oil (HVO), a fossil-free … [Read more...]

Scale Microgrid Solutions Brings Indoor Farm Microgrid Online

Scale Microgrid Solutions brought a 1.75-MW microgrid online for a major indoor farm near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Scale Microgrid’s modular microgrid for Fifth Season, a startup indoor farming company, uses 160 kW of photovoltaic solar panels, 200 kW of lithium ion batteries and a 1,200-kW natural gas generator outfitted with advanced … [Read more...]