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...]

ABB Showcases Solar-Diesel Microgrid at its Johannesburg Facility

ABB continued to expand its footprint in Africa's microgrid market today with a new solar-diesel microgrid, showcased at its 314,961 square-foot Longmeadow business park in Johannesburg. The installation is part of a larger push by ABB into South Africa, where a market for microgrids is forming because power demand is outpacing supply, leading … [Read more...]

All-in-one Solution for Microgrids: The Orchestra’s Conductor

ABB's Fabio Monachesi explains what an all-in-one solution for microgrids can achieve -- the kind of efficiency a conductor brings to an orchestra. Microgrids are localized low-voltage energy networks that can connect to the main grid or can operate as islands. Being low voltage makes them ideal for use with renewables, loads and energy storage … [Read more...]

What Does a Microgrid Cost?

When asked, “What does a microgrid cost?” ABB’s Nathan Adams responds, “What does a house cost?” Just as houses span from builder basic to celebrity mansion, microgrids range in size and sophistication. Or as S&C Electric’s David Chiesa puts it: “If you’ve seen one microgrid…you’ve seen one microgrid.” So there is no quick and simple … [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...]

Assessing Grid Transformation in the US

In this week's Industry Perspectives, Gary Rackliffe, Vice President of Smart Grids for ABB provides insights on state of grid transformation in the United States. Since 2003, the GridWise Alliance’s vital voice has represented the diverse stakeholders that design, build and operate the electric grid, and has been at the forefront of … [Read more...]

Combined Heat and Power Microgrids: Ready for a Renaissance?

ABB's Bob Fesmire describes a coming renaissance in combined heat and power microgrids -- one that utilities may find it's better to join than oppose. Most microgrids operating today—the commercial variety at least—began life under a different name, 'combined heat and power' or CHP. This was for the simple reason that a generator, typically a … [Read more...]

More Demand Response in Microgrids following Supreme Court Decision? Maybe, Maybe Not

With a dark legal cloud lifted from demand response, the resource is likely to find new life on the grid. But what about demand response in microgrids? Demand response – where a utility or grid operator signals customers to reduce energy use and pays them for doing so – overcame a challenge from power generators with a favorable ruling last … [Read more...]

Battery/Diesel Grid-connected Microgrids: A Case Study of Future Microgrid Capabilities

Introduction As large scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many industrial utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS) which will likely be part of future microgrid systems. Based in Victoria, Australia, AusNet Services, the state’s largest energy … [Read more...]