Tough Summer for the Power Grid. But the Microgrids are Working

power outages

Severe heat and storms across the US this summer have strained the electric grid and caused extensive power outages. But the microgrids are working. Consider what happened on July 20 in northeast and north central Wisconsin when a thunderstorm knocked out power to 240,000 customers, leaving 50,000 with no power for two to three days. The … [Read more...]

What Articles on Microgrid Knowledge are Capturing the Most Attention?

Microgrid Knowledge articles

The most read Microgrid Knowledge articles for the first half of 2019 tell the story of an industry attracting larger players and building more sophisticated projects, particularly for communities and commercial and industrial facilities. Renewables and energy storage continue to dominate the discussion. Fuel cells appear to be gaining … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Acquires a Portfolio of Distributed Fuel Cell Projects From Bloom Energy

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It’s the type of alliance that may be a harbinger of things to come in the energy sector: Duke Energy is acquiring a portfolio of projects from Bloom Energy that use fuel cells  — all part of Duke's efforts to provide on-site generation with microgrids to customers with critical loads. As both companies explained during interviews, the … [Read more...]

Bloom Energy is Bullish on its New Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell

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Microgrids often rely on solar-plus-batteries, combined heat and power, or back-up generators that run on diesel fuel or natural gas. But Bloom Energy says that it has just finished the engineering and testing for a “server” that uses renewable hydrogen produced by excess renewables that keeps electricity flowing. “On a sunny day, when the … [Read more...]

Utilities are Giving Microgrids the Jolt They Need to Get Up and Going

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This is the first in a series of articles focusing on ideas that emerged from Microgrid 2019, held in San Diego May 14-16. Here we look at "The Great Debate: What’s the Utility Role in Microgrids?" Until recently, the power industry focused almost solely on generating and delivering electricity through a centralized system. But changing times and … [Read more...]

Bloom Energy Expands its Market Footprint with Two New Commercial and Industrial Microgrids

commercial and industrial microgrids

Bloom Energy today announced installation of two commercial and industrial microgrid projects, one for Silicon Valley software company Extreme Networks and the second for Pennsylvania manufacturer II-VI. The projects are the latest in a recent succession of microgrids developed by the California fuel cell company — 80 microgrids in all with … [Read more...]

Partners HealthCare Turns to Fuel Cells to Improve Electric Reliability at its Massachusetts Hospitals

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Partners HealthCare, a medical network in New England, is moving forward with plans to install 4.1 MW of Bloom Energy fuel cells this year across its footprint of medical, healthcare, administrative and data center facilities in Massachusetts. "Partners intends to deploy the new systems at its corporate headquarters in Somerville, where more … [Read more...]

A New Microgrid in Silicon Valley…AI+Virtual Power in California…Funding from Washington State

Silicon Valley microgrid

Bloom Energy to supply Silicon Valley microgrid Fuel cell company Bloom Energy will provide primary power for a Silicon Valley microgrid that will serve a precision manufacturing company. A subsidiary of materials supplier JSR Corporation, JSR Micro will use the microgrid to avert escalating energy costs and avoid power outages, according … [Read more...]

Too Few Microgrids for Puerto Rico? Or Too Many? Depends on Who You Ask

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With power still not fully restored, Puerto Rico finds itself forced to quickly answer questions about microgrids that much of the U.S. mainland has yet to tackle. How many microgrids are enough? What’s the utility role? What price should customers pay for microgrid power? How green should they be? And what defines a microgrid, … [Read more...]

What Does Constellation’s Deal with ConEd Solutions Mean to its Microgrid Business?

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Exelon subsidiary Constellation, a competitive retail supplier that also has a microgrid business, has entered into an agreement to acquire the retail electricity and natural gas customers of ConEdison Solutions. Both companies have been focused for years on the sale of competitive retail supply and energy services. Constellation more recently … [Read more...]