National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The Island Energy Challenge

Petroleum is the problem Islands face extreme challenges from an energy security perspective. Pipelines supplying inexpensive and plentiful natural gas are not an option for them.  Only very large islands, such as Taiwan, can use coal or nuclear. These factors have left most of them completely dependent on liquid fuels derived from petroleum, mostly diesel.  With only a few weeks of on-island storage, a supply interruption that delays the oil supply barge becomes […]

Migrogrids in the News 03/15/2011

Top Energy Stories: Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Disaster as Radiation Levels Rise Japan’s nuclear crisis verged toward catastrophe on Tuesday after an explosion damaged the vessel containing the nuclear core at one reactor and a fire at another spewed large amounts of radioactive material into the air. More Black Swan Over Tokyo This post on the Japanese nuclear crisis focuses on the “Black Swan” theory of philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who wrote a […]

Microgrids in the News 03/02/2011

  Today’s resources and news stories: Intel the Biggest Buyer of Green Energy in the U.S., Report Says Software helps determine hybrid energy sources Distributed Generation Makes Big Numbers Distributed Generation and Business Model Innovation USA: Solar Thermal SRECs traded in Washington D.C. and North Carolina Africa ripe for alternative energy Bridging the ENERGY gap in Africa! Xcel Energy blasted for burying bill to up small-scale renewable energy projects Tailor renewable energies to […]