Vision for the Future — Microgrids as Teaching Tools and Community Partners

The final article in our special report series on university microgrids describes microgrids as teaching tools. Read on for real-world examples of how microgrids help colleges and universities manage their energy assets, while also educating the energy engineers of tomorrow and serving local communities.  The Bronzeville Microgrid: A Chicago … [Read more...]

Siemens to Upgrade Microgrid at University in Oman

Siemens will upgrade a university microgrid in Oman in an effort that could lead to additional microgrids in the Middle Eastern country. The revamped microgrid at the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat will improve reliability and lower costs by combining electricity from solar, wind and battery storage, according to Siemens. The … [Read more...]

Hydrogen Becomes More Viable as a Microgrid Fuel

Hydrogen is becoming more viable as a microgrid fuel source, although few hydrogen microgrids exist yet and cost remains a challenge, industry members say. One example is a housing complex in Sweden where six public buildings run on electricity and heat from a microgrid that combines solar, batteries, heat pumps, hydrogen production and storage … [Read more...]

How Microgrids Boost University Decarbonization Efforts

The latest article in our special report series explores how microgrids can jumpstart university decarbonization efforts. Read on for real world examples of college microgrids. Higher education has become a standard bearer for climate action. More than 400 colleges and universities have pledged to become carbon neutral between now and 2050 … [Read more...]

Most Read Microgrid Stories for the First Half of 2020…California, California, California

Microgrid Knowledge keeps a close eye on trends and interests in this fast-growing industry. One way we do that is by analyzing the stories that attract the greatest readership. Below you'll find the 10 most read microgrid stories for the first half of 2020. The first six months of the year brought new utility and community opportunities and … [Read more...]

Why University & College Microgrids Make Financial Sense for Today’s Educational Institutions

Read the next article in our special report series on college microgrids. Learn how microgrids are becoming more affordable — and valuable — for today's educational institutions. And explore microgrids as revenue producers.  Microgrids can help campuses reduce peak demand charges, which for some institutions can be onerous, accounting for as … [Read more...]

How University Microgrids Give Campuses Intelligent Control of Energy Assets and Use

Read the next article in our special report series on university microgrids. What makes up a true microgrid? And how do microgrids protect campuses from outages, as well as optimize renewable energy? A recent survey of 2,000 U.S. voters by the Civil Society Institute found that most had never heard of the term microgrid, or they had heard of … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Covid-19 Impact on Universities: Microgrids for Resilience, Cost Savings & Sustainability

Bill Kipnis, of the Siemens Building Performance & Sustainability Division, explores how university microgrids can ramp up resilience, cost savings and sustainability — all crucially important in navigating the COVID-19 impact on these institutions.  I recently moderated a higher education panel at Microgrid Knowledge’s Virtual Microgrid … [Read more...]

Campus Microgrids Emerge as Solution to Energy Challenges in Higher Education

This special report series on campus microgrids and reliable, renewable energy in higher education begins with an entry that explores the energy goals of today's colleges and universities — and how to reach them.  When it comes to choosing among energy supply options, colleges and universities have three primary goals: 1. Gain greater … [Read more...]

Three Key Ideas Emerging about Microgrids in an Era of Societal Disruption

Microgrids are among the disruptive class of tech, that which challenges the status quo to improve society. However, lately a technology’s worth is based less on how well it disrupts and more on how well it responds to societal disruption. With the disruption brought by COVID-19, products like teleconferencing, home delivery and telemedicine … [Read more...]