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...]

Transportable Microgrids for the Military and Other Quick Microgrid News

The National  Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) reports that is researching a transportable microgrid  with the help of other federal labs, the military, Tesla, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory and Distributed Utility Associates. This transportable microgrid, which includes energy storage, is being designed for use at military bases. The goal is to … [Read more...]

LBNL Wins Grant for Renewable Microgrid at Military Base & Other Quick Microgrid News

A Lawrence Berkeley National Lab group has won a grant from the Department of Defense to create a cyber-secure renewable microgrid and commercial-ready control system for rapid adoption.The Grid Integration Group at LBNL won the grant for a "Modular, Secure, and Replicable Microgrid Control System for Generation and Storage Management at … [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...]

Ah, Vermont: Beautiful Forests, Maple Syrup, Tesla Powerwall…and Other Quick Microgrid News

Ah, Vermont: beautiful forests, maple syrup... and Tesla Powerwall batteries. Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) is partnering with Tesla to help its customers generate and store energy a little closer to home, while also reducing peak demand on its grid system. The result will be a more reliable, sustainable and cost-effective system for … [Read more...]

Internet of Things Will Speed up Shift to Microgrids…and Other Quick Microgrid News

Better, smarter, faster microgrids are coming, according to recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan -- but the capital required to implement the best-of-the-best is still a challenge for many communities.“The emergence of the Internet of Things will strengthen communication channels between machines and minimize human intervention, thereby … [Read more...]

Connecticut Microgrid Grants, Wave Energy Microgrids & More Quick Microgrid News

Fairfield this week became the first town to begin operating a microgrid through Connecticut’s pioneering microgrid grants program.The unveiling comes as the state prepares to launch its third round of community microgrid grants.The next round is expected to differ from the earlier offerings in that applicants will be able to apply when … [Read more...]

SimpliPhi Power is Ready to Tell its Story…And it’s a Good One

In an age where marketing often trumps substance, the energy storage company SimpliPhi Power seems to have it backwards.The company has spent years getting its battery technology right for the power industry before broadcasting its value to the world.“We’ve really wanted to perfect our technology so that when we were selling product and … [Read more...]

Building-Level Microgrid Pays for Itself Through Utility Incentives

GoElectric's building-level microgrid pays for itself in many instances, thanks to utility incentives for demand response programs.It's a microgrid at the building level that can connect any other energy resources on a customer's site--solar, geothermal, generators or other resources, says CEO Lisa Laughner in this podcast. (Click below to … [Read more...]