Solar Plus Storage Microgrid Up and Running at South Africa, UN World Heritage Site

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Located in Table Bay, 4.3 miles off the coast of Cape Town, Robben Island is a place of special significance in South African and world history. Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison on the island. Two other post-apartheid South African presidents, including current President Jacob Zuma, were imprisoned there as well. Robben Island … [Read more...]

Why Closed Mines are Good Sites for Renewables, Storage and Microgrids

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Closed mines may not immediately come to mind as good sites for renewables, storage and microgrids. However, through its program, Sunshine for Mines, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), in partnership with BHP, the world’s second largest mining corporation, has found that closed mines often make excellent locations for green energy … [Read more...]

What It Would Take for a ‘Breakthrough’ in Microgrid Policy

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In this video interview from Microgrid 2017 in Boston, Greg Clark, senior project manager at POWER Engineers, discusses the state of the microgrid industry and what needs to happen to spark a breakthrough in energy and microgrid policy.  In this video interview, H.G. Chissell, founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group — as well as the recently … [Read more...]

H.G. Chissell to Serve as Master of Ceremonies for Microgrid 2018

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Microgrid Knowledge announced today that H.G. Chissell, founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group, will serve as master of ceremonies for Microgrid 2018 to be held May 7-9 in Chicago. “Microgrid 2018: Markets and Models for the Greater Good” follows the highly successful Microgrid 2017, which attracted more than 460 microgrid companies and … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage: An Increasingly Cost-Competitive Way to Improve Resiliency

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In this video interview from Microgrid 2017 in Boston, Doug Staker of Demand Energy Networks, discusses the potential of solar plus storage — and how it can boost resiliency — with Microgrid Knowledge chief editor Elisa Wood.  Do you think solar plus storage is still too expensive to use in commercial projects? Consider what Doug Staker, vice … [Read more...]

Grid Modernization in Rhode Island: Small State, Big Vision

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Rhode Island may be a small state, but there is nothing diminutive about its grid modernization plan, which draws a big circle around what ails the electric grid and aims with bull's-eye precision at the solutions. Released last week, “Rhode Island Power Sector Transformation, Phase 1,” starts by tackling the core of what troubles New … [Read more...]

How EVs Can Support the Grid and Utilities — and Why They Don’t

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Let’s count all the ways EVs can support the grid and utilities. Then let’s count all the reasons they don’t. That’s what a new report from Deloitte does. Called Powering the Future of Mobility, the report says that EVs can help stabilize the grid, absorb extra renewable energy, and help engage utility customers. To do this, however, … [Read more...]

The University Microgrid: Why Clean Energy and Campuses are a Good Fit

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This is the third post in a Microgrid Knowledge series and focuses on the university microgrid and why clean energy and campuses are a natural fit.  Colleges and universities were among the first institutions to embrace microgrids — and that’s not surprising considering how well the technology is suited to campuses. There are now university … [Read more...]

Grid Cyber Attacks: How is Our Electric System Vulnerable?

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This is the second article in a Microgrid Knowledge series that explores why we need to focus on microgrid cybersecurity to protect the grid of the future. This post narrows in on grid cyber attacks and how our electric system is vulnerable.   The North American electric power grid has been described as a single enormous machine, one of the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Serves Biotech World Headquarters and Research Campus

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Veolia North America managed the operations and maintenance of a 5.3 MW combined heat and power (CHP) solution to meet the needs of a global biotechnology company’s world headquarters and research campus. The plant received backup support from Veolia’s district steam system, and its construction was managed by Veolia’s energy consulting group, … [Read more...]