Fit for the Future: Hamburg’s Hydrogen Fueled Combined Heat and Power Plant

INNIO, an Austria-based energy solutions provider, has teamed up with HansWerk AG, a German energy service provider, to deliver a 1 MW hydrogen fueled combined heat and power (CHP) pilot plant in the center of Hamburg, Germany. The pilot will demonstrate readiness for a green gas grid by running the grid-connected gas fired CHP plant with … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids? The Evolving Energy Landscape

Concord Engineering Group's Joe Sullivan walks readers through the evolving landscape that is bringing about energy independence. This shift involves a reshaping of our approach to producing and delivering electric power and answers the question: Why microgrids? Fifteen years ago no one would have foreseen that the United Sates lead by … [Read more...]

What’s Driving Organizations and Businesses to Invest in Microgrids?

In this week's Industry Perspectives, James Redden, vice president of energy asset development at Ameresco, sets out three key factors — beyond financial returns — motivating C-suite executives to invest in microgrids.  Microgrid economics continue to get better. Costs are declining and system performance improving to the point where microgrids … [Read more...]

The Potential of Microgrids and CHP to Cut Operating Costs, Boost Resiliency

In this video interview from Microgrid 2017 in Boston, Tim Peer, vice president, district energy, at BOND Brothers, explains to Kevin Normandeau, Microgrid Knowledge publisher, how microgrids, distributed energy and combined heat and power (CHP) can lead to lower operating costs and increased resiliency.  BOND Brothers, a northeast-based … [Read more...]

Hey Congress, Don’t Pick Clean Energy Technology Favorites: Pew

In picking and choosing clean energy technology favorites, the U.S. Congress appears to be neglecting some important ones, among them fuel cells, combined heat and power (CHP) and small wind. The Pew Charitable Trusts sees these technologies heading for neglect as solar and large-scale wind prosper, since Congress extended their federal tax … [Read more...]

Combined Heat and Power Microgrids: Ready for a Renaissance?

ABB's Bob Fesmire describes a coming renaissance in combined heat and power microgrids -- one that utilities may find it's better to join than oppose. Most microgrids operating today—the commercial variety at least—began life under a different name, 'combined heat and power' or CHP. This was for the simple reason that a generator, typically a … [Read more...]

How We Got Here and Why We Need CHP Microgrids

Princeton University’s Ted Borer offers historical perspective on lighting -- going back to before Thomas Edison -- and explains why CHP microgrids offer so much value to today's electric grid. Electricity is a high grade form of energy. It is clean to use, high energy-density, quiet, and has a vast array of applications. There is a … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Local Energy: A Fad or a True Market Force?

We'll be the first to admit that there is a lot of cheerleading surrounding microgrids and local energy right now.  Is it all just clapping and banner waving? Or are microgrids a technology with staying power? Navigant Research,  which closely tracks microgrids, has recently published data that looks very encouraging for the microgrid … [Read more...]

IDEA2015 to Focus on Microgrids, District Energy and CHP in Cities

IDEA2015, the International District Energy Association’s 106th annual conference and trade show, will bring global energy leaders to Boston in June to discuss the growing use by cities of microgrids, district energy and combined heat and power. The international forum, to be held June 28-July 1, will explore best practices developing, owning … [Read more...]

Why Nodal Microgrids Make Sense in the United States

In Ithaca, NY, Herbert Dwyer, president and CEO, ASI Energy, is developing the state's first "nodal microgrid," which is being built in phases. The project combines CHP with solar to provide heat and electricity. In this podcast, Dwyer explains the reasoning behind the "nodal" concept and its benefits. … [Read more...]