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First Microgrid in Haiti: The Road to Feminist Electrification

The EarthSpark team spent five years developing their first microgrid in Haiti. Inaugurated in June 2015, it is currently serving 449 homes and businesses with affordable, reliable electricity 24/7. The grid contains 93 kW of PV panels, a 30 kVa generator back up and 410 kWh of battery storage. Learn more about the technical details of the first … [Read more...]

Portable Hybrid Microgrid Up and Running in One Week for Australia Village: ABB

A new portable hybrid microgrid system was up in running in an Australian village within one week of leaving the factory more than 600 miles away. Six months later it was packed up and relocated for use elsewhere. The disassembly required less than 170 hours of labor. Called SunSHIFT, the hybrid system can use solar, diesel and natural gas … [Read more...]

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Microgrid! Solar Impulse 2 Completes US Flight

In a kind of ‘one-giant-leap-for-mankind’ moment, the Solar Impulse 2 landed in New York City Saturday, completing its flight across the U.S. The flying microgrid is on a quest to circle the globe. If it succeeds, Solar Impulse will be the first plane fueled only by the sun to make it 24,855-miles around the world. Landing at JFK Airport at … [Read more...]

Social Enterprise Co. Plans to Install 4,000 Solar Microgrids in India

Boond Engineering and Development, a social enterprise company, has announced plans to install 4,000 solar microgrids in India to serve one million people in rural areas by 2022. The northern India company is installing the solar microgrids as part of the Business Call to Action (BCtA), a global initiative launched by the United Nations … [Read more...]

India Floats Plan to Install 10,000 Microgrids and Mini-Grids

India is floating a plan to spur development of 10,000 renewable microgrids and mini-grids to help bring electricity to 237 million people living in energy poverty. Issued this week by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the draft plan calls for 500 MW of installations by energy service companies (ESCOs). The ministry defines microgrids … [Read more...]

What’s behind Caterpillar’s New Hybrid Microgrid Play? Here’s a Deeper Look

Caterpillar became the latest big infrastructure company to unveil a microgrid play with the recent launch of its hybrid microgrid into the global market. The Cat hybrid technology combines solar, energy storage and fossil fuels and will focus on projects 10 kW to 100 MW. A $47 billion company, Cat intends to leverage its global distribution … [Read more...]

Remote-Controlled Energy Kiosks & Microgrids in the Congo of Africa

NovoMoto, an award-winning startup, has plans to provide remote-controlled energy kiosks and microgrids in the Congo of Africa, supplying electricity that's 40 to 60 percent lower than the cost of kerosene. The student-led startup from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently won three awards and $90,000 during the Clean Energy Trust … [Read more...]

Bypassing Utility Models for Clean, Smart Microgrids in Emerging Markets

Energy project developers are just beginning to see the advantages of bypassing the old and “messy” electricity infrastructure in favor of clean, smart microgrids in developing countries. That was one of Haresh Patel’s observations about the information gleaned from developers for its latest Mercatus Global Advanced Energy Insights … [Read more...]

ABB Shows Microgrid-Like Future with Solar Plane & Other Quick Microgrid News

Microgrid-like future takes flight Solar Impulse, an ABB-backed solar plane, took off from Hawaii this week to demonstrate what a microgrid-like future will look like. The plane is attempting a 40,000-kilometer flight around the world using solar power and battery energy storage. “We had to build an aircraft with an extremely efficient grid: … [Read more...]

Rural Microgrids in India and Global Energy Storage Market News

ABB and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) have agreed to work jointly to design and build rural microgrids. Thousands of Indian villages are still un-electrified; microgrids have the potential to power them, reducing dependence on expensive diesel fuel and the grid. Along with ABB equipment, the rural microgrids will enable homes … [Read more...]