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 […]
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 […]
By Cycle Charging during periods of low net load, the Combined Dispatch algorithm helps avoid using a diesel generator at low loads. By Load Following during periods of high net load, the algorithm maximizes the use of available renewable energy. Due to this flexibility of being able to account for both high and low loads, the Combined Dispatch algorithm is a better option than choosing between Load Following or Cycle Charging (and potentially making the wrong choice). It is also a better option than running both strategies by default, which doubles the processing time. On top of that, we’ve seen that Combined Dispatch can perform as well, if not better than, either Load Following or Cycle Charging.
Ice Cream, Appliances, and Autonomy: Rural Electrification Project Lights West Bank Village (Read about a tragic update followed by positive outcome for Jubbet a-Dhib microgrid in updates below original post, which was first published April 28, 2017) On a recent trip to Palestine, I had the opportunity to meet with a long-time HOMER Energy customer, Comet-ME, an Israeli-Palestinian NGO bringing off-grid solar power to villages in “Area C” of the Occupied West Bank. […]
HOMER Energy announces HOMER® Pro v3.10, which includes new features for greater ease-of-use and more sample data to users across the globe. This release adds a diverse library of sample loads for more accurate modeling, new templates to help get data into HOMER Pro quickly and easily, and more than 20,000 new components so users can now model with the specific hardware they need. Get accurate load data with sample load profiles Electric […]
I launched this “From the Founder” column last month and used it to go back to HOMER’s roots as a mechanism to serve the energy access world. This month, I want to continue the conversation about how to rapidly and efficiently help millions of people understand how distributed power systems work — at the opposite end of the spectrum. Specifically, I’m referring to companies and organizations that are serious about being competitive in […]
HOMER Energy is currently seeking microgrid conference speakers for its 5th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference (HIMC2017), September 18-20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. This year’s conference theme is “Microgrid Lessons from Global Markets.” If you are an industry practitioner, microgrid project manager, researcher, or executive interested in delivering a 20- to 30-minute presentation or participating in a panel discussion, HOMER invites you to submit a proposal via the conference website or via email no later than […]
At the HOMER International Microgrid Conference, hundreds of attendees and speakers (including keynote speakers Cathy Zoi and Karl Rabago) from dozens of countries worldwide their knowledge and experience within grid-tied, remote, and off-grid environments. Early-bird registration is officially open for the 5th annual HOMER International Microgrid Conference, September 18 – 19 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Regular registration to the conference is $1200 but with our early bird discount, you save $200.
With version 3.9 due out later this month, HOMER Pro will be a leaner, more efficient tool for optimizing microgrid design in all sectors, from village power and island utilities to grid-connected campuses and military bases. Join Steffi Klawiter and Jordan Esbin from HOMER’s Product Management team on Wednesday, June 7 at 09:00 MDT (16:00 BST) for a live, free HOMER Pro webinar. Steffi and Jordan will introduce you to some of the new features in HOMER Pro v3.9 and show you how to make the most of HOMER’s optimization and simulation results.
We are now upgrading the company’s series of training videos. HOMER Energy wants the videos to reflect the latest versions of HOMER Pro and has taken this opportunity to enhance video quality for our customers as well.