Microgrid Powered Mobility Hub Opens in Berlin, Germany

Aral, Germany’s largest gas station chain, operating around 2,400 filling stations, has opened a microgrid-powered mobility hub in the center of Berlin, Germany. The site will act a pilot for the future of mobility. The hub is a multifunctional fueling station, with two new electric vehicle charging stations. The 320-kW location is not … [Read more...]

Funding Microgrids: CAPEX versus OPEX

There are multiple approaches to funding microgrids. Eric Dupont, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at PowerSecure, discusses why CAPEX versus OPEX become important considerations in this interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor.  What is the difference between capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operational … [Read more...]

Why Microgrid Projects Start with Energy Monitoring and Energy Efficiency

Why do microgrid projects need to start with energy monitoring and energy efficiency? Jules Nohra, director of optimization services, Veolia North America, explains in an interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor. Why is it important to make a facility as energy efficient as possible before you install a microgrid? Jules … [Read more...]

Why Microgrids Make Sense for Hotels

Why are microgrids a good energy solution for hotels? Mike Byrnes, senior vice president Veolia North America, explains in an interview with Yasmin Ali, Microgrid Knowledge contributor.  What kind of hotels are good candidates for microgrids? Mike Byrnes: Generally, the larger the better, as the capital costs go up significantly per unit … [Read more...]

Microgrids as a Non-Spinning Substitute for Spinning Reserves

PowerSecure, a subsidiary of Southern Company, has developed 125 advanced microgrids and manages more than 1,700 microgrids and advanced distributed energy sites. Below Mark Martyak, chief sales officer of PowerSecure-Distributed Infrastructure, explains in an interview with Kevin Normandeau, publisher, Microgrid Knowledge, how microgrids can … [Read more...]

How to Get Started on Your Microgrid Project

Ameresco’s vice president of microgrid services, Will Agate, describes the process of getting started on your microgrid project. I am just returning from a microgrid leadership workshop that was hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, known by many as NREL, where one of the topics of discussion regarded how to help clients to get … [Read more...]

Best of Industry Perspectives: Why Data Centers Are Slow to Adopt Microgrids (And Why That Will Change)

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, we present one of the most popular columns on Microgrid Knowledge during the first quarter of 2018. AFCOM's John Heiderscheidt explains why an increasing focus on resiliency is pushing more data centers toward microgrids.  Whether you’re surfing the web at work, shopping for a new dress on your … [Read more...]

Microgrid Technology: New Tools and Methodology Streamline Implementation

Each microgrid project is different — and varies according to requirements, economic factors and more — but there is microgrid technology and a set of common goals that are universal to the design and operation phases. A new whitepaper from Schneider Electric takes a broad look at microgrid development and outlines common approaches to … [Read more...]

Dynamic Energy Networks Teams with Schneider Electric & The Carlyle Group to Deliver Energy-as-a-Service

Dynamic Energy Networks (DEN) revealed this morning at Microgrid Knowledge 2017 kicked off in Boston that it has formed what the company called strategic alliances with both Schneider Electric and The Carlyle Group to deliver energy-as-a-service. The company also solidified its leadership by acquiring an executive team from Hitachi and RET … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Show Strong Promise

Dynapower’s Chip Palombini describes what’s driving growth in solar plus storage microgrids in the U.S. and how to derive maximum production from the systems. The promise of energy storage enabled microgrids, particularly solar plus storage microgrids, is just emerging. We at Dynapower see a bright future for these projects with recent … [Read more...]