Green hydrogen – the critical element for mobile DERs

Lauren Flanagan, the executive chair and co-founder of Sesame Solar, shares insights on how distributed energy resource (DER) systems can integrate solar, battery storage and green hydrogen backup power for mobile, emergency power applications. In his 2002 groundbreaking book, "The Hydrogen Economy," Jeremy Rifkin predicted that hydrogen … [Read more...]

Case study: How Alencon Systems brought efficiency and sustainability to the American Geophysical Union’s microgrid project

Alencon Systems played an integral role in an advanced microgrid project benefiting the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) headquarters in Washington, D.C., a project that includes DC (direct current)-coupled solar. The AGU is a nonprofit organization that supports 130,000 earth and space science experts and enthusiasts and strives for innovative … [Read more...]

Microgrid-powered facility in Wisconsin produces renewable natural gas for California

Powering an anaerobic digester project with a renewable microgrid has transformed the economics of biogas at a newly commissioned plant in Wisconsin. The facility is turning organic waste from more than 4,000 dairy cows into renewable natural gas and injecting it into a natural gas pipeline for use as a transportation fuel in … [Read more...]

More than a fair-weather energy source: Solar + microgrids offer resilience

Mark Feasel, president of Smart Grid North America at Schneider Electric explains that microgrids are key to creating resilience with solar. What do you think of when you think of solar? If you’re like most, you likely think of solar in the traditional sense, like the solar panels you may have seen on your neighbor's roof or in a nearby … [Read more...]

Five Considerations for Designing DERs with Increased Energy Autonomy

Lauren Flanagan, executive chair and co-founder of Sesame Solar, discusses key considerations that simplify the process of designing distributed energy resources (DERs) that create energy autonomy. Distributed energy resources (DERs) are significantly changing the way energy is produced, stored and distributed. Ideally, they are mobile and … [Read more...]

UK Microgrid Project Offers Path to Residential Electrification

A new zero-carbon microgrid development underway in the UK could pilot a route to the use of microgrids that add far greater value to energy consumers. The Grove Park housing and business development at Sellindge, near Ashford in Kent, will be powered exclusively via a renewable energy plus storage microgrid coupled with a smart grid … [Read more...]

How to Get off the Grid Through Efforts Fueled by the Natural Gas Distribution System

Alternative energy options are growing at a rapid pace. And it can be hard to wade through the variety of choices. A new report from Mesa Solutions aims to provide an approach that provides an option to get off the grid, while retaining stability, cost efficiency and reliability. The report is titled, "How to Get Off the Electric Grid, … [Read more...]

How Nanogrids Assist with Public Safety — Wildfires, Power Outages and Other Challenges

This entry from a new special report series  explores how wildfires, storms and other disasters plague the interconnected grid. Public safety nanogrids can help.  The grid challenges associated with wildfires, especially in California, are significant. To help prevent power lines from sparking wildfires in areas where fires frequently occur, … [Read more...]

The Future of the Power Grid: Research Project

Ulrich Munz, of Siemens Corporate Technology, describes a federally funded research project to make the US power grid more resilient and reduce the length of outages. Among other things, researchers will explore splitting the grid into several microgrids. Severe storms can cause massive power outages. In September 2018, Hurricane Florence … [Read more...]

California’s Changing Utility Rate Schedules Create an Opportunity for Energy Storage

Terry Holtz, manager, technical sales at Enel X, offers insight on how California's changing utility rate schedules and distributed energy storage landscape are creating opportunities for energy storage.  California’s rising adoption of solar power has fundamentally altered traditional dynamics on its electric grid. In response, the state’s … [Read more...]