IKEA Foundation and Rockefeller to Infuse $1 Billion into Global Electrification

The IKEA Foundation, a philanthropic organization formed by the founder of furniture giant IKEA, and The Rockefeller Foundation have set up a $1 billion platform to develop minigrids and other decentralized energy projects for the 3.6 billion people with unreliable electricity or none at all. Announced Monday, the program aims to reduce 1 … [Read more...]

Will Utility Partnerships in Minigrid Projects Help Overcome Electrification Barriers in Uganda?

In Uganda, numerous challenges stand in the way of providing reliable electricity. But a pilot minigrid project aims to help overcome the roadblocks. Most utilities are government owned and lose money. In fact, only two utilities of the 39 in sub-Saharan Africa yield a positive cash flow, and they are privately owned, said Sumaya Mahomed, … [Read more...]

Texas Again Creates a Reminder of the Value of Microgrids

Four months after Texas endured five days of blackouts, the state is again at the brink of not having enough power to meet its needs, bringing another reminder of the value microgrids can bring to customers and to the wider grid. Instead of the effects of unusually cold weather that blanketed Texas and parts of the mid-continent in February, … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric, Citizens Energy Form Alliance for Microgrid, Renewable Projects

Schneider Electric and Citizens Energy, a nonprofit company, formed a partnership to bring renewable energy and microgrids to communities in the Northeast, with plans to expand project development across the country. One of the most active companies in microgrids, Schneider will support Citizens Energy’s existing storage and microgrid … [Read more...]

Western Australia Microgrid Moves Town Away from Diesel with Wind and Batteries

One Step Off The Grid's Sophie Vorrath describes an innovative Western Australia microgrid that is reducing a coastal town's reliance on diesel. The remote Western Australia coastal town of Coral Bay is chipping away at its reliance on diesel fuel for power with the addition of a 576kW/343kWh lithium-ion battery system to the community’s … [Read more...]

How Hardware in the Loop Tests the Functionality of Microgrid Controllers

In the fourth article of this special report series brought to you by Microgrid Knowledge and Typhoon HIL, we're looking at how Hardware in the Loop (HIL), specifically controller Hardware in the Loop (C-HIL), is an ideal technique for testing the functionality of microgrid controllers. The IEEE’s 2030.8-2018 Standard for the Testing of … [Read more...]

But What About Microgrids? CNN Host Probes Officials

US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and other political leaders offered their insights into microgrids and the ongoing energy revolution last week during a virtual forum on resilience with CNN host Fareed Zakaria. While the discussion touched on several energy issues, Zakaria repeatedly questioned several of the panelists about … [Read more...]

SimpliPhi Initiative Supports Clean Energy Projects in Haiti, Myanmar

An orphanage in Haiti and a Covid response center in Myanmar will receive energy storage systems through a SimpliPhi Power donation program that aims to provide clean energy to communities in need. The donations are through “IDEA: a campaign to Deliver Energy Access,” an initiative SimpliPhi Power started in January with several … [Read more...]

Artificial Intelligence Brings Resilience and Affordability to the Grid

A new white paper from Veritone presents five artificial intelligence (AI)-powered solutions that help those in the electric power industry enhance grid resilience, increase the rate of decarbonization and improve affordability of delivered electricity. The electric power industry currently faces three key challenges: the need for increased … [Read more...]

PG&E Turns to 3 Kinds of Microgrids to Avert Wildfire Power Shutoffs

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)  has launched a multifaceted microgrid strategy to keep power flowing to customers when conventional electrical equipment becomes a wildfire threat. As part of its wildfire safety plan, the utility is pursuing three kinds of microgrids to help avert public safety power shutoffs (PSPS): Remote, … [Read more...]