Avoiding Outages with Hydropower Microgrid…More Renewables in the North American Energy Mix… And Other Quick News

A hydropower microgrid to avoid outagesFollowing its second major outage in three years, the city of Idaho Falls is evaluating a hydroelectric microgrid plan with Idaho National Laboratory (INL).As reported by PostRegister.com, the microgrid would be powered by Idaho Falls' four hydroelectric plants on the Snake River, which can power as … [Read more...]

Alaska Center Seeks New Microgrid Technology…Microgrid Brings Peace & Quiet to Kenya Park…Other Quick News

Funds available in microgrid technology competition The Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies has launched a competition that offers financial and lab assistance for microgrid technology development.The grand prize winner will receive $275,000 to accelerate commercialization and improve operation and efficiency of a microgrid technology. … [Read more...]

Solar Plus Storage Eliminates Hefty Demand Charges… and Other Quick Microgrid News

Federal tax incentives for solar plus energy storage systems are currently available for up to 30 percent of the total cost. For Mission Viejo business Franchise Services, an investment in solar plus storage will drastically reduce utility bills -- and eliminate hefty demand charges.The company, which occupies a 44,000 square foot office … [Read more...]

Utility Distribution Microgrids to Grow into $917M US Market by 2024: Navigant

Utility distribution microgrids will grow into a $917 million market by 2024 in the US, according to a new report by Navigant Research.Utility distribution microgrids, or UDMs, differ from conventional microgrids in that they are built to bolster a utility distribution system, rather than directly serve a microgrid customer, such as hospital, … [Read more...]

Siemens Moves into Top Spot for Microgrid Vendors: Navigant

A new quarterly report from Navigant Research places Siemens in the top spot for capacity among microgrid vendors, followed by ABB. North America regained its lead for global microgrid capacity over the Asia Pacific.Navigant's Microgrid Deployment Tracker 2Q16 measures data on known grid-tied and remote microgrid projects in the proposal, … [Read more...]

The Growing Role of Energy Storage in Microgrids

Adam Wilson, of Navigant Research, describes why energy storage in microgrids is likely to become the norm. Hint: Solar microgrids are on the rise.Energy storage systems (ESSs) have an important and diverse role in microgrids. Solar PV and other renewable distributed generation (DG) technologies require a voltage source in order to synchronize. … [Read more...]

‘New York & Beyond’ Microgrid Conference to Feature Top Industry Leaders

Microgrid Knowledge today announced speakers for its May 19 microgrid conference in Manhattan, a roster of top microgrid leaders from some of the largest U.S. utilities and energy technology companies.“New York and Beyond: Advancing Microgrids Nationally with Lessons Learned in New York” is designed to shape and propel the industry based on … [Read more...]

A Wind Power Microgrid for Off-grid Rural Russia and a Second Life for PEV Batteries

Wind power microgrid for rural far-east Russia Mitsui & Co. is reporting that a pilot wind power microgrid project in an isolated Russian township began operations earlier this year. There are several hundred off-grid areas in Russia, many of them in harsh climates, which receive electricity from local power sources. The cost of fuel … [Read more...]

One Good Year Deserves Another: Energy Storage in 2016

Last year’s gains in the battery sector are likely to propel development of energy storage in 2016 and beyond. Peter Maloney, a contributor for Renewable Energy World, explains.Last year was big for battery energy storage. Technology prices continued to fall. Milestone projects got under way, and the sector gained wide media … [Read more...]

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...]