Global Microgrid Market to Reach $35.1B by 2020 and Other Quick Microgrid News

Another report is touting strong growth in the microgrid market.The global microgrid market stood at US $9.8 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach US $35.1 billion by 2020, according to a report from Transparency Market Research: "Microgrid Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2014 - 2020."The … [Read more...]

Cogeneration Case Study: University of Illinois Hospital

A major hospital that treats critically ill patients cannot afford power failures. Facing intermittent power problems — and needing to replace old boilers — the 536-bed University of Illinois Hospital installed a 24 MWe cogeneration system for its campus in Chicago. Powered by three Taurus 70 natural gas turbine generator sets, the system fulfills … [Read more...]

All the Benefits this Utility Expects from its Microgrid Test Projects

The Eugene Water & Electric Board -- a forward-looking utility known for its green programs -- has launched three solar microgrid test projects with an eye toward planning for a future in which it can use the microgrids to bid into organized markets.But that's not all the 25- 75-kW microgrids can do for EWEB, said Will Price, energy … [Read more...]

BGE Plans Public Purpose Microgrids Across Central Maryland

Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) has launched a plan to build public purpose microgrids across central Maryland, starting in Howard County and Baltimore.The Exelon subsidiary proposed the microgrids late last week in a filing before the Maryland Public Service Commission. The first two microgrids will supply 2-3 MW and are expected to cost … [Read more...]

Connecticut Plans 13-MW Naval Base Microgrid; Includes Nearby Community

Connecticut is planning a naval base microgrid -- tentatively sized at 13 MW and estimated to cost over $1 billion -- to ensure reliability for a naval submarine base.The state Office of Military Affairs is now identifying a combination of private, state and federal funding for the project, said Bob Ross, OMA's executive director.The goal … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrids, Corruption, Celebrities and Other Quick Microgrid News

When it comes to electricity markets, small and remote is getting big. In fact, the worldwide value of remote microgrids and nanogrids is expected to grow from $10.9 billion in 2015 to $196.5 billion in 2024, according to a new report by Navigant Research.Navigant looked at the cumulative global value of assets and services related to … [Read more...]

Future of Six Utility Microgrids Awaits Legislative Action in Illinois

Illinois stands to gain six utility microgrids – including a 17-MW airport microgrid – if state lawmakers approve an energy bill backed by Commonwealth Edison (ComEd).The Exelon subsidiary promoted its microgrid plans last week during an event at the Universal Solar’s (Wanxiang Energy) panel manufacturing plant in Rockford, Ill.The utility … [Read more...]

New York Microgrid Demonstration Project Uses Low-Cost Storage

A New York microgrid demonstration project will use an energy storage system from Eos Energy that the company describes as the lowest-cost battery storage on the market.The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority awarded Eos Energy $750,000 to support production, installation and demonstration of the 250 kW, 1000 kWh battery … [Read more...]

Berkeley Gets Nod to Seek Community Microgrid Funding

Berkeley, Calif. got an okay this week to take preliminary steps toward installing a community microgrid to power public and private essential services in a crisis.The city council authorized the city to pursue yet-to-be specified grants with a team that includes AECOM and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.The team is poised to … [Read more...]

Remote Microgrids Bring Electricity and Income to Rural Areas: Kilowatts for Humanity

Remote microgrids are bringing electricity and income to rural areas through Kilowatts for Humanity, a non-profit organization that began as research projects at Seattle University.In one project, for example, in Filibaba, Zambia, Kilowatts for Humanity built a 2-KW solar-powered microgrid that serves as an electricity kiosk. In addition to … [Read more...]