This article is part of an occasional series that provides industry background and in-depth focus on the components that are available in HOMERⓇ Pro. What are the specifications of these products and what is the market context? We spoke with Discovery Battery’s representative, David Norman, to learn more:
The continuing decline in prices for energy storage and solar is creating huge opportunities for large electricity consumers. The need to reduce utility demand charges is a key driver of investments in solar-plus-storage systems. These systems allow grid-connected commercial and industrial (C&I) electric customers to shift to their own generation when they need more electricity, avoiding spikes in demand that translate to costly charges.
Is it just our imagination or is the energy world, which seems to have been relatively predictable until we passed the millennium mark, now changing at breakneck speed? New ideas and new technologies seem to be bursting out in all directions, challenging old assumptions and upending business models. In the urgent search for solutions to our climate crisis, there is also optimism and the hope of a new energy paradigm. This paradigm, we […]
With its extreme weather conditions and isolated off-grid communities, Alaska is the American microgrid “frontier.” Over 200 remotely powered Alaskan villages are not connected to power grids. They are spread out over geographically varied regions with diverse energy resources, and have the highest energy costs in the US, sometimes up to 10 times the national average. This makes Alaska the perfect place to experiment with the renewable integration of microgrids.
The latest release of HOMERⓇ Pro – version 3.11 – is now integrated with two powerful and widely used tools for designing PV systems, HelioScope and PVsyst. This integration reflects important trends in the renewable energy industry including the growth of the solar-plus-storage market, fueled by the plummeting cost of energy storage. The initial market for solar-plus-storage has been in isolated microgrids, where HOMER Energy and the broader storage industry have developed a […]
How is it that the poorest country in Western Hemisphere is home to one of the world’s most sophisticated microgrid projects? Maybe fate has determined that the embattled people of Haiti deserve a break, after decades of earthquakes, hurricanes, massive flooding, corruption and gruesome political oppression. Or, maybe it’s because a group of idealistic energy geeks, together with a team of determined Haitians, decided to bring renewable energy to a rural health clinic. […]
Close to three months after Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, utterly destroying the island’s electrical grid – as well as countless homes and communities – much of the island is still without power. And, where power has been restored, it is often unreliable. Puerto Rico’s aging electrical grid was already in bad shape, but a direct hit from Category 4 storm Maria dealt a catastrophic blow to the infrastructure of the Puerto […]
ABB Components Now Available In HOMERⓇ Pro Based on its new partnership with HOMER Energy, ABB components will now be available for modeling in the HOMER Pro software. They include elements of the Microgrid Plus controller system, PowerStore and MS100 converters, and PowerStore Batteries and Flywheels. ABB has unmatched expertise in designing and building off-grid and grid-connected microgrids. Their portfolio encompasses the full range of enabling technologies including conventional and renewable power generation, […]
The latest release of HOMERⓇ Pro – version 3.11 – is now integrated with two powerful tools for designing PV systems, HelioScope and PVsyst. This development is exciting to me for several reasons: For the distributed energy marketplace to really take off, we need many more people who are comfortable with designing distributed power systems that incorporate hybrid renewable energy components. And that means practical, user-friendly design tools. This development advances what I […]
HOMER Energy VP of Business Development Andy Kruse will be giving a presentation on the role and importance of diesel generators in the growth of the microgrid market at POWER-GEN. The POWER-GEN International Conference will cover multiple forms of generation broken up into multiple tracks featuring 300 expert speakers. Other session tracks that might be of interest to HOMERⓇ Pro users include Gas Turbine Technologies, Energy Storage, Emissions Control, Power Project Financing, Utility […]