The Microgrid Knowledge Asia Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in Asia including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

Green Banks, Green Bonds: Financing Clean Energy Projects – Quick Microgrid News

Green Banks, Green Bonds: Financing Clean Energy Projects in IndiaIndia is currently Asia’s third largest clean energy market, and is poised to become the largest in the next decade. It also has some ambitious renewable energy and climate goals: to produce 160 GW of power from solar, wind and other renewable energy by 2022. How much might … [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...]

Solar Microgrids in Nepal…School Microgrid in Sonoma County..Microgrid Investment in the Azores

Solar microgrids are bringing reliable power to three remote villages in Nepal, a country where nearly a quarter of the population has no access to electricity.With a combined capacity of 35 kW and battery storage, the solar microgrids installed in the Okhaldhunga and Khotang districts will provide round-the-clock power to some 540 people, … [Read more...]

Growing India’s Minigrid Sector: Why Developers are Wary

Minigrids, the term used in India for microgrids of 10 to 200 kW, are crucial to the nation's electrification. But investors are wary. Zadie Oleksiw, a Fulbright Scholar based in Delhi and a Renewable Energy World contributor, explains why. There’s a popular Hindi and Punjabi word called jugaad, which can loosely be translated as a jury-rigged … [Read more...]

Microgrid-Energy Storage Projects Take Note! 2015 Was Record Breaker for Storage

The microgrid-energy storage pairing is increasingly common, so it's interesting to note that the U.S. energy storage market just had both its best quarter and best year of all time.The U.S. deployed 112 MW of energy storage capacity in the fourth quarter of 2015 -- higher than all storage deployments in 2013 and 2014 combined -- bringing the … [Read more...]

Tackling the Unreasonable Dream to Light up the Himalayas

It wasn’t the narrow passes and cliff drops. Nor was it the rough terrain, the prospect of nights sleeping in the mountain wilds, lack of money…snow leopards. No, what stymied Paras Loomba on his mission to light up the Himalayas were the horses.How do you convince a horse that a solar panel is not a threat?  How do you make a solar microgrid … [Read more...]

China’s First Microgrid, CleanSpark Expansion, Eaton Award

China's first microgrid project has begun operating in Beijing, according to China's People's Daily Online. The first government-funded microgrid, it includes three wind turbines and numerous rooftop solar panels,  located in the high-tech incubator in the Badaling economic zone of Yanqing county. It can work independently from the main grid, … [Read more...]

Events that Shaped the Microgrid Industry in 2015

Here’s a look at events that shaped the microgrid industry in 2015 and the new players, policies and ideas driving the industry forward.Consider it the year that microgrids achieved stature. Well-known companies like ABB, Eaton, Exelon, GE, Hitachi, Panasonic, S&C Electric, Schneider Electric, Siemens, SolarCity, Tesla and others either … [Read more...]

Hitachi Moves into the North America Microgrid Market with 100-Year Plan

Hitachi, one of the world’s largest companies, has entered the North America microgrid market, a move born out of a tsunami and a very, very long-term view of the business cycle.The $81.3 billion global conglomerate has been quietly preparing the ground for its North America microgrid operation over the past year. But the seeds of the move go … [Read more...]