Cenfura and DNA Global Energy Plan to Deploy 14 Tokenized Microgrids in South Africa

Smart energy services company Cenfura has formed a joint venture with project developer DNA Global Energy to deploy 14 renewable energy microgrids across South Africa. The new venture will design, build, operate and tokenize assets. Tokenizing is the method used to integrate assets into the Cenfura Platform, a blockchain based system for … [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...]

7 Energy Storage Questions Answered

Ben Lavoie, of Ameresco, describes what drives the battery energy storage market, why it's valuable to pair storage and distributed energy, and how close battery storage is to becoming the norm. Microgrid Knowledge (MGK): Give us the background: From your view as an energy services provider, how are organizations maximizing the benefits of … [Read more...]

Developing a Greener Resilient Microgrid: Not Impossible, but Difficult

The industry is trying to create a greener resilient microgrid, but it's not easy, as Concord Engineering's Michael Boswell explains. Solar has been and continues to be an anchor renewable energy distributed energy resource (DER) for microgrids. But the shortcomings of photovoltaic (PV) solar as a DER that actually contributes to resiliency … [Read more...]

UK-Based Energy Cooperative Raises Financing for Solar Community Microgrids

Bristol Energy Cooperative, a UK-based community-owned energy cooperative, is in the process of raising the equivalent of $2.7 million to finance a portfolio of renewable energy projects, including solar powered community microgrids. The organization is raising funds through its seventh community share offer, with a projected 3.5% return on … [Read more...]

Abengoa to Build Microgrid with Vanadium Flow Batteries at South African Mine

Bushveld Energy, a vanadium energy storage solutions provider, has selected Abengoa to construct Africa's first megawatt scale hybrid microgrid with flow batteries for the Vametco mine in South Africa. Abengoa, a Spanish multinational company in the infrastructure, energy and water sectors, will engineer, supply and construct a 3.5 MW solar … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Intelligently Controlled Solar Plus Storage Microgrids

As the share of renewable energy increases and utilities evolve, solar plus storage microgrids with intelligent controls become increasingly attractive. Amanda Kabak, chief technology officer and principal architect at CleanSpark, explains why. Solar energy has gained traction in the energy market, altering the load profiles that utilities … [Read more...]

Solar’s Transition to Nanogrids — and Why it’s Good for Solar Installers

This article wraps up a  new special report series  focused on the rise of solar nanogrids. Learn why nanogrids for solar installers make sense — and why this model gaining steam in the renewable energy industry.  Savvy solar installers have their eye on the nanogrid market — the next phase in solar plus storage — as a potentially large … [Read more...]

The Challenge of Quantifying the Benefits of Distributed Energy Resources

A new special report from Microgrid Knowledge and NRG Energy explores trends in local energy and distributed energy resources. This chapter looks at the evolution of  incentives and today's challenge placing a monetary value on such microgrid benefits as reliability and resiliency. Government incentives have heavily shaped growth of … [Read more...]

Why HECO Drew Such Low Solar-Plus-Storage Prices

Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) is seeking approval for seven utility scale solar-plus-storage projects that could set a new benchmark for low-cost renewable power in the island state. The low prices reflect the high cost of generating electricity in Hawaii and of the state’s ambitious 100 percent renewable portfolio standard. The … [Read more...]