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. The organization’s Elad Orian and Tamar Cohen took me on a tour of a new project in the village of Jeeb al-Dheeb. The project was funded by the Dutch Foreign Ministry, which gave about half a million shekels […]
HOMER User Case Study: SAFT The following case study is adapted from a presentation given at the 2016 HOMER International Microgrid Conference. SAFT‘s Stuart Lansburg spoke to attendees about cold-weather storage and SAFT’s approach to these high-tech battery storage systems, presenting two case studies and a critique of HOMER Pro performance. Importance of storage in remote cold-weather microgrids When utilized in remote northern microgrids, storage systems enable a high penetration of renewables, producing fuel savings and a return […]
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.
HOMER Energy Year in Review 2016 As we complete the first month of 2017, HOMER Energy takes a moment to look back to the highlights of an incredible year. Last year started with a bang as HOMER Energy released HOMER Pro 3.5 and its much anticipated HOMER Optimizer™ in February. This feature added an original optimization algorithm that significantly simplifies the design process for identifying least-cost options for a microgrid system. Also […]
Unanswered questions about using HOMER can seriously affect users’ critical work. When adverse situations occur, quick and easy access to HOMER experts can ensure you are able to address and resolve your issues and get you back to work. For 2017, HOMER Energy has rolled out a new, improved technical support plan, HOMER Premium Support, which provides fast, easy access to our tech experts for any and every issue. HOMER Energy’s new support system […]
To serve the needs of our international user community, HOMER Pro is now available in a localized Spanish version. This project has been over a year in the making, and this is the first full translation of HOMER Pro. Users do not need a separate license to run HOMER Pro in Spanish.
Shell Foundation, Philippines, recently hired consultant Silver Navarro to assist its Dutch consultant with an Access to Energy program promoting Philippines microgrids. The program’s purpose is designing an off-grid power system that the community can sustainably operate and maintain to meet its basic electricity requirement. HOMER Pro helped the program make rural microgrids reliable and affordable.
Microgrid control strategies are at the heart of successful microgrid design and optimization. Now HOMER Pro truly puts the concept of “control” into microgrid control strategies. Version 3.7, released in August 2016, introduced three new ways for users to supplement or replace the default load following and cycle charging strategies HOMER has used for decades. Moving HOMER to an Open Platform to Meet Modern Challenges “HOMER was originally created in 1993, when microgrids […]
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. […]