Rwandans respond enthusiastically to solar kiosks, renewables meeting all Portugal’s electricity demand for 4 days and generating a surplus in Germany are among this week’s distributed energy news highlights.
Microgrids are gaining momentum as a rural electrification solution in many emerging markets. Microgrids based on renewable generation can replace costly diesel and take advantage of abundant local renewable energy resources as well as avoiding the costly and slow process of installing centralized grid networks. Despite these advantages, barriers remain to large-scale deployments of microgrids, particularly access to financing needed for upfront equipment investment. Microgrids are capital intensive, and rural areas with limited […]
HOMER Pro 3.6, released last week, introduces two new add-on modules that our power users have been requesting for some time: Multi-Year Inputs – allows you to model changes that can occur over the course of a project, such as PV degradation, grid price escalation, load growth, and fuel prices. Advanced Storage – including rate-dependent losses, changes in capacity with temperature, variable depth-of-discharge for cycle life, and increased degradation rate at higher temperatures. […]
BOULDER, CO–Microgrid optimization software leader HOMER Energy has announced the re-launch of its successful industry email newsletter, HOMER Microgrid News & Insight. The publication’s new format enhances readability and navigation to give readers the information they need more quickly and effectively. The newsletter is tied to news website “HOMER Microgrid News & Insight.” HOMER Energy has brought on a team of writers, editors, and graphic artists–as well as a new email software provider–to […]
Portugal’s Prime Minister Dr. Antonio Costa joined the President of the Azorean Government Dr. Vasco Cordeiro and other high-level officials May 3 on a tour of what’s billed as the world’s first megawatt-scale, grid-forming renewable energy system.
The US Senate passed a bipartisan “Energy Modernization Act” last week. Despite its many shortcomings (Katie Herzog, writing for Grist, describes the bill as an “…energy modernization bill that would have been modern in 1980”), the bill has one feature particularly noteworthy for those of us in the microgrid world – it explicitly calls out microgrids as part of the future US energy solution, for both basic electricity delivery in remote communities and […]
HOMER Energy will hold its 4th International HOMER Microgrid Conference and HOMER training at Columbia University in New York City on November 7 and 8, 2016. Details of the event, including information on registration, speaking, sponsorship, and HOMER training will be available on http://microgridconference.com no later than May 10. Meanwhile, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have interest in speaking and sponsorship opportunities, or if you wish to be included on […]