Northern Power Systems Launches Power Conversion Technology into Energy Storage Market


HOMER Energy partner, Northern Power Systems, a leading renewable energy technology company, has launched the next generation of its FlexPhase™ power converter platform specifically engineered to be integrated with energy storage systems and used in grid support applications. Originally developed in 2009 as part of the company’s wind product line, the FlexPhase platform has been designed from the ground up with a unique circuit design that yields high performance with less component stress, lower […]

Renewable Energy for Security: Electricity and the Boko Haram Kidnapping

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It’s 10 PM. The lights in your village of Chibok, in a remote corner of Nigeria, went out for the night half an hour before. Blackness and quiet cover the land, and you drift off to sleep in your bed in the girls’ dormitory. Suddenly, you are startled awake by footsteps and loud voices – men’s voices – telling you that the village is under attack, and that they are soldiers here to […]

Microgrid 2015: Call for Microgrid Conference Speakers

HOMER Energy announces our major microgrid conference and HOMER training for 2015 in Canberra, Australia, October 14 and 15, 2015. Opportunities to speak and to sponsor are now available. EC2Designlab, an Australian energy and water advisory firm, is serving as co-organizer and local event partner. Speaker proposals are due no later than June 30th, 2015. Speakers will be announced by August 15, 2015. Please send speaking proposals to, with the subject line […]

Final Call for Speakers: HOMER Deep Dive Workshop, Manila, June 15

There are a few speaking spots available for the HOMER Deep Dive Workshop on the afternoon of June 15, 2015, as part of the Asia Clean Energy Forum. 10-20 minute talks should focus on case studies and examples of using HOMER to model distributed power systems or microgrids. To apply to speak, send an abstract of your talk to as soon as possible. Please include your full name and affiliation in your […]

2nd Microgrid Development for Public & Private Sectors WEST COAST

Establishing a Microgrid Framework through Innovative System Designs, Technological Advances, and Regulatory Comprehension July 28-30, 2015 Orange County, CA Revolutionize energy storage systems, renewable technologies, and structural design to enhance energy reliability and overall microgrid productivity. Following the success of the First Annual West and East Coast Microgrid Conferences, the 2015 West Coast edition continues to provide a platform for public and private sector professionals to demonstrate and discuss their successful microgrid projects […]

Advocacy Group Proposes New Market Player: The Microgrid Organizer

From : The Microgrid Resources Coalition has proposed a new microgrid participant — the microgrid organizer — which it hopes will eliminate complexities and confusion in regulating multi-customer microgrids… When a microgrid serves a single entity, say a university, it is clear who is in charge — the university. But it’s less clear when there are multiple entities served, as is the case with many of the emerging community microgrids. They might include a […]

New Report Finds that Microgrid Capacity Has Tripled in the Last Year

(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new Tracker report from Navigant Research tracks data on known grid-tied and remote microgrid projects in the operating, planned/under development, and proposed stages, including specific information on the capacity of systems using diesel, combined heat and power (CHP), solar PV, wind, and fuel cells. A host of new government programs supporting microgrid deployments has been launched in the last 12 months, especially on the East Coast of the United States. The […]

Northern Power Systems Reports Double Wind Turbine Orders in First Quarter 2015


HOMER Energy partner Northern Power Systems reported a double in orders for their distributed wind turbines during the first quarter of 2015. From their press release on 5/14/15: “Orders for our distributed turbines in the first quarter doubled as compared to the fourth quarter, a strong leading indicator of our return to growth. Furthermore, favorable regulations were formally announced in Italy in April, which are helping to drive continued demand for our turbines in this […]

US Army Demonstrates Energy Informed Operations Microgrid


The US Army tested its base camp power and energy technologies during a demonstration on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, April 13-24. The Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) assembled, monitored, managed and demonstrated its Energy Informed Operations, or EIO, microgrid. The EIO system was designed with an open architecture to allow power resources to easily plug in and play into the grid. “Increased capabilities, for the Soldier, have caused energy demands on […]

ABB and Samsung SDI Join Forces to Develop Microgrids Globally


HOMER Energy partner ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, and Samsung SDI, the leading manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote microgrid solutions globally. The two companies will establish a global commercial alliance to develop and market modular and scalable microgrid solutions, utilizing lithium-ion batteries for energy storage. The combination of ABB’s global market presence, its leadership in grid technology and its global service footprint with […]