Last Chance to Submit Nominations for the Microgrid Knowledge Greater Good Awards

Microgrid Knowledge has opened nominations for its 2021 Microgrid Greater Good Awards, presented annually to highlight how microgrids serve society. The deadline for submission is now April 1, 2021. “We seek submissions that offer a strong narrative demonstrating how microgrids improve the human condition,” said Elisa Wood, … [Read more...]

EVs Are a Disruptive Force. Smart Microgrids Are the Answer to Manage the Disruption

Scott Kessler, head of Microgrid Strategy & Sales at Siemens, describes electric vehicles (EVs) as classic disruptive technology and explains how microgrids manage the disruption. The headlines in 2021 from automakers making bold EV commitments have been dizzying. Jaguar, Volvo and General Motors have pledged to make 100% electric … [Read more...]

New Siemens Microgrid Plans to Provide Flexibility for Vienna’s Grid

A new microgrid at the Siemens corporate headquarters in Vienna, Austria, was officially completed in November 2020, with plans to provide balancing services to Austria's electricity transmission system operator. Under construction since 2019, the Siemens campus microgrid includes 312 kW at peak capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, … [Read more...]

Texas on the Verge of an Energy Catastrophe: How Microgrids are Helping

The electric grid has been around for nearly 140 years, but it’s yet to overcome its biggest nemesis: the weather. Texas is showcasing that point this week as it suddenly rivals California in proving the need for microgrids. What happened in Texas and how bad is it? Very bad. Struggling to keep the grid from collapse, the grid operator … [Read more...]

Microgrid Customers, Hurdles Shifting with Economy and Growing Weather Challenges

Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief at Microgrid Knowledge, interviewed Scott Kessler, microgrid  strategy and sales at Siemens, during Microgrid 2020 Global. Wood and Kessler discussed some of the hurdles to microgrids today, how customers can overcome these challenges, new microgrid customers entering the market — and the lowdown on a new … [Read more...]

Russelectric Demonstrates EV Chargers in Microgrid and Other News from Instant On and Indian Energy

Russelectric adds EV charging stations to microgrid at headquarters The hybrid microgrid designed to power Russelectric’s Hingham Massachusetts headquarters and demonstrate new customer solutions now has two electric vehicle charging stations. These will provide additional back-up power during outages, add a new research platform, and charge … [Read more...]

21 Intriguing Microgrid Projects to Watch in 2021

The last year brought about a proliferation of microgrid projects, as the technology hit its stride in the marketplace. Here we look at 21 of those projects that we believe should be carefully watched as they unfold in 2021.  We chose the projects for their innovation, ability to serve as models, and demonstration of microgrid benefits. Why … [Read more...]

The Ten Top Microgrid Stories for 2020 Indicate Rise in Curiosity About Microgrids Among Customers

Microgrid Knowledge is seeing an influx of a new kind of reader to the site, as indicated by the ten top microgrid stories for 2020. We believe the shift reflects a larger trend in the microgrid industry. In earlier years, our most-read stories tended to reflect the interests of the industry, so they were about projects, technologies, … [Read more...]

Join us October 28 for a Deep Dive into Dual Nested Microgrids

Join Siemens, Santa Fe Community College and Microgrid Knowledge at 2 pm ET, October 28 for a discussion about dual nested microgrids with a look at real-world examples. Microgrid controllers, the brains of the microgrid, have grown in sophistication in recent years. The industry often describes use of this advanced intelligence in terms of … [Read more...]

In Brief: Fluence Adds AI Company, Funding Boosts Way2H

Fluence and AMS combine artificial intelligence with renewables, energy storage  Fluence, a Siemens and AES company, has purchased Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), an artificial intelligence software platform. A company statement says that the combination will maximize asset value by pairing Fluence’s deep experience operating batteries with … [Read more...]