PowerSecure executive offers a primer on microgrids

Eric Dupont, chief development officer at PowerSecure, offers a primer on microgrids for those who are beginning to research the technology and he explains how microgrids give businesses control over their own energy destiny. He recently spoke with Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge editor-in-chief. Watch the full video … [Read more...]

Coal country goes renewable with microgrid project at industrial site

West Virginia, one of the largest coal-producing states in the US, is going green with a microgrid-powered industrial site that will use renewable energy. Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE) Renewables has been granted approval from the West Virginia Economic Development Authority to purchase 2,000 acres of land in Ravenswood to develop the … [Read more...]

Revisiting the Tesla-Edison debate in the microgrid era

Hanan Fishman, president of Alencon Systems, outlines the benefits of DC microgrids. In many ways “The War of the Currents” was really about distributed versus centralized generation. In an era of distributed energy resources, the renewables-based DC microgrid puts a new spin on an old debate. DC versus AC. Tesla versus Edison. The … [Read more...]

Cummins opens new microgrid test lab

Cummins has announced the launch of a new microgrid test lab that will allow the company’s engineers and technical partners to assess and optimize the performance of complex microgrid systems. Located at the Cummins Power Generation facility in Fridley, Minnesota, the 20,000 square foot Cummins Power Integration Center (PIC) cost more than $5 … [Read more...]

5 questions to ask when choosing a demand response program for your microgrid

Tom Poteet, vice president of corporate development at Mesa Solutions, outlines five questions you can use to determine which demand response program works best for your organization. Demand response programs offer many utility consumers a great way to lower their electric utility bills by reducing the demand component (kilowatts) of monthly … [Read more...]

ETAP CEO discusses the future of the microgrid market

As a prequel to Microgrid 2022, Tanuj Khandelwal, CEO of ETAP, sat down with Microgrid Knowledge to discuss how all the upheaval we're seeing in the world is going to impact the microgrid market.  https://vimeo.com/706608551 Ongoing issues with COVID-19, the war in Ukraine, rising gas prices and inflation are all impacting the microgrid market, … [Read more...]

Australian government awards $18.7 million contract for Daintree Microgrid

The Australian government recently announced that it has awarded Volt Advisory Group AU$18.75 million over three years to develop the Daintree Microgrid Project, an innovative renewable energy microgrid in Queensland. The project will begin construction this year and is expected to be operational by 2024. The Daintree rainforest is in the … [Read more...]

Microgrid all-stars: energy storage and controls

Alexander Darovskikh of Rolls-Royce Solutions America explores why energy storage and controls are the all-stars of the microgrid game. Energy storage is the hot topic of the energy industry. Despite our many technological advancements, the storage of and distribution of electricity is something that we have only recently started to do. With … [Read more...]

Microgrids for new eco-friendly housing developments in the UK

A not-for-profit organization has launched a share offer campaign to develop new clean energy microgrid projects across the UK. Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) aims to raise £1 million ($1.4 million) from its latest share offering. This adds to the roughly £14 million ($19 million) that the cooperative has raised over the decade since it was … [Read more...]

How AI Makes Microgrids More Predictable, Cost Effective and Resilient

A new white paper from Veritone explores how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used in the planning, deployment and operation of microgrids. According to the paper, "power consumers increasingly rely on microgrids for greater energy reliability, cost savings and to reduce carbon emissions. Microgrids act as decentralized power resources … [Read more...]