The Rise of the DC Coupled Microgrid

Why combining solar and storage in the DC side of the inverter is the next big thing in microgrids. Explore the potential of the DC coupled microgrid with Hanan Fishman, president of Alencon Systems.  The defining feature of any microgrid is the fact that it generates and consumes its power without having to rely on the support of the … [Read more...]

Third-Party Ownership Models for Modern Microgrids

We continue a special report  series, courtesy of Sapling Financial Consultants and Scale Microgrid Solutions, that explores third-party ownership models for microgrids. The interlocking, and sometimes conflicting, interests and risks associated with revenue streams, ownership and capital requirements are the key drivers in drawing up the … [Read more...]

Gridscape Receives Funds to Help Build Microgrids, Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Gridscape Solutions, a California based microgrid developer, has received a loan guarantee from the San Francisco Bay Area Air Improvement District's (BAAIQD) Climate Tech finance program. The funds will go towards building microgrids that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  According to Vipul Gore, Gridscape's president & CEO, the … [Read more...]

Community Microgrids Face Challenges, but Tides are Turning as States Embrace Microgrid Development

Community microgrids are on the rise and growing in popularity. However, in many jurisdictions, various financial, institutional (regulatory and legal), and perceptional barriers present key challenges to community microgrid implementation. That's according to a new white paper from Hoffman Power Consulting. The report points out that to … [Read more...]

Rolls-Royce’s MTU Making Waves in Microgrid Development, Power Generation

Kevin Normandeau, publisher of Microgrid Knowledge, took a few minutes at Microgrid 2020 Global to learn more about MTU. Normandeau interviewed Cordelia Thielitz, vice president of microgrid solutions at Rolls-Royce, about optimizing energy, providing reliable energy in a "green fashion," and MTU's position in the microgrid space. MTU is … [Read more...]

Husk Power Systems Reaches 100-Minigrid Milestone

Husk Power Systems, an off-grid energy provider, has completed more than 100 community minigrids and provided power for 5,000 small business customers in Asia and Africa, according to a company's announcement. It also says that the company expects to serve new African markets soon, including Nigeria. The 100 minigrids in India and Tanzania each … [Read more...]

Community Microgrid Lessons to Set a Project up for Success

When most people think about microgrids, they likely think about a resiliency tool or "back-up plan" for a critical facility, such as a hospital or school. But the community microgrid is a different animal all together. That's according to a new report from Hoffman Power Consulting. Community microgrids can serve more than 1,000 energy … [Read more...]

Navy Grant Funds Energy Resilience Project

Could a more reliable, resilient power system result from a project funded by the US Navy Office of Naval Research? Researchers at Stony Brook University, together with the University of Massachusetts Lowell, hope to make that a reality. Another goal is to improve energy generation efficiency, system operation, and storage in microgrids, including … [Read more...]

Cummins Energy Leader Describes a Need for Clean Energy Worldwide

Lisa Cohn, managing editor at Microgrid Knowledge, took a virtual seat with Ann-Kristin de Verdier, executive director of the energy management segment of Cummins, during Microgrid 2020 Global. Cohn and de Verdier discussed current trends and opportunities in the energy and microgrid market, including growth in renewables and drivers for … [Read more...]

Nova Scotia Power Picks Sunverge for Virtual Power Plant

Nova Scotia Power has selected Sunverge to provide the technology for a residential virtual power plant that is part of the Smart Grid Atlantic pilot project. The project is a four-year research and demonstration program, with funding from the Canadian government, to determine how emerging energy technologies can best benefit customers, … [Read more...]