Siemens Ups its Blockchain Ante with New Investment in LO3 Energy

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Siemens sent a clear signal that it sees promise in LO3 Energy's blockchain distributed energy ledger with an increase in its stake in the emerging technology. The global technology giant recently closed out LO3 Energy's Series A venture capital funding round. "Siemens' investment in LO3 represents our acknowledgement of the future potential … [Read more...]

How 2017 Made the Argument for Microgrids

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Sometimes events make an argument more strongly than words can. Such was the case in 2017 when disaster after disaster spoke to the vulnerability of the electric grid and the need for microgrids to ensure power supply. First came Hurricane Harvey in late August with wind and water knocking out 10,000 MW of generating capacity in Texas. Then on … [Read more...]

Most Read Microgrid Knowledge Stories of 2017 and the Companies Featured

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As we compiled this year's list of most-read Microgrid Knowledge stories, we were intrigued to see what captured -- and kept capturing -- our readers' attention. Storms, wildfires, innovations, blockchain, energy storage, solar and the city of Pittsburgh were among the winning topics. Companies in the top 10 articles include ABB, Consolidated … [Read more...]

The Intelligent Microgrid and the Value of Software

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At the Microgrid 2017 conference, Michael Carlson, president, Siemens Digital Grid NA, defines an intelligent microgrid and discusses the role of software in boosting the value of microgrids and providing services to the grid. He also describes two Siemens microgrid projects. One of the things that sets microgrids apart is that they have an … [Read more...]

New GTM Report Forecasts $12.5B Microgrid Investment within US by 2022

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A report released today by GTM Research forecasts $12.5 billion in microgrid investment within the United States over the next six years. “U.S. Microgrids 2017: Market Drivers, Analysis and Forecast” identifies 3.2 GW of existing microgrid capacity growing to 6.5 GW by 2022, a 14.1 percent compound annual growth rate. The report shows a … [Read more...]

Siemens Launches First Zero-Emission, Trolley-Style Electric Highway in the US

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With its zero-emission electric highway demonstration — the first of its kind in the US — Siemens aims to reduce the smog-creating emissions from heavy-duty trucks in southern California, the area's number one source of air pollution. The project creates a one-mile, trolley-style highway for heavy-duty trucks in Carson, near the ports of Long … [Read more...]

Siemens EnergyIP Used to Begin Smart Meter Operation in NY

Siemens will not only be expanding its meter data management partnership with Entergy, but the company also revealed it played a role in Consolidated Edison's new smart meter operation in New York. The OMNETRIC Group — a Siemens and Accenture technology services company — assisted the utility in  launching a smart meter operation in the Empire … [Read more...]

Siemens Building an 80-MW Microgrid Network in the Brazilian Amazon

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Bringing reliable, secure and affordable electricity to the remote Amazon Basin is probably one of the most difficult obstacles to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goal of universal electricity access by 2030. But that's exactly what Siemens Brazil hopes to do by way of a microgrid network. With the support from Brazilian utility Centrais … [Read more...]

Planning for More Reliable Energy Solutions to Natural Disasters One Locale at a Time

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In this week’s Industry Perspectives, Clark Wiedetz, microgrid and renewable integration director for Siemens Energy Management, explores local, reliable energy solutions to natural disasters. The ability to island when the end-use client loses power is arguably the most common application for a microgrid. If microgrid controls could also … [Read more...]

What is it about Humboldt County and Microgrids?

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Take note of the microgrid activity in Humboldt County, California, where this week officials approved plans to seek state funding for an airport microgrid. Should the project come to fruition, it will be the community’s second microgrid. The first is the much-cited Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid, now in operation. Two microgrids might not … [Read more...]