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Microgrid Industry News Highlights, October 31, 2016

Microgrid Industry News Highlights October

Microgrid Lights 800-Year Old Himalayan Village…Energy Internet Research…new microgrid technology…& more microgrid industry news October 31, 2016

Weekly Roundup Microgrid News October 26, 2016

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Haiti town moving to 100% renewables, Singapore’s offshore hybrid system, electric motors in microgrid applications…& more microgrid news October 2016

Peter Lilienthal: Support Repair of Hurricane Matthew-damaged Haitian Microgrid

Join Us in Helping Hurrican Matthew-damaged Haitian Microgrid Repair Efforts When Hurricane Matthew came ashore in Haiti, the center of its landfall was Les Anglais, the location of a leading-edge microgrid developed by nonprofit EarthSpark International. Although almost every building in the town was destroyed, the microgrid only needs relatively minor repair to start assisting with the relief effort. You can help, while giving yourself the gift of microgrid networking and education from some […]

HOMER International Microgrid Conference November 7-8, New York, NY

Microgrid Conference Will Explore Synergies Between Diverse Microgrid Applications from Remote Off-Grid to Urban, Industrialized Country Environments   HOMER Energy will host its fourth annual Microgrid Conference at Columbia University in New York, November 7-8, 2016, drawing experienced microgrid developers from all over the world with the theme “Microgrids Lessons from Global Markets.”  HOMER Energy founder and CEO Peter Lilienthal will elaborate on that theme as a keynote speaker, exploring the lessons that […]

Microgrid News Highlights, October 5, 2016

Microgrid News Highlights October 5, 2016   South Australia Blackout May Lead to More Microgrids Like other major blackouts, such as the week-long shutdown in NSW last year, and the hour-long outage that affected more than 130,000 customers in West Australia last month, the event in South Australia last Wednesday is likely to lead to more households and businesses looking at battery storage as a back-up to the grid, or even to go […]

Microgrid News Highlights, September 27, 2016

From University of Dayton Research Institute: Researcher installes power/energy metering system at Air Force Forward Operating Base of the Future.

Industry study: Microgrids to Become ‘Fundamental Building Block’ National Electrical Manufacturing Association (NEMA) report concludes that “from 2025 onwards, fully controllable, independent microgrids interconnected with [direct current] links will allow for full decoupling from the alternating current (AC) electric power system. They will also facilitate the segmentation of the distribution system, a new paradigm for electric grid management.” Kenya Signs 361MW Power Deals Under Obama Energy Plan Six power projects will be developed […]

Most Americans Prefer Resilient Grid over Lower Electricity Costs

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As Americans count down to Election Day, more than three-quarters (78%) believe the winner of the presidential race should prioritize the faster adoption of renewable energy, according to the seventh annual Sense & Sustainability Study released by G&S Business Communications (G&S). Despite strong public sentiment favoring the next president’s focus on renewables, the G&S study found that American opinion is practically split when it comes to elected leaders and their understanding of the costs […]

Hierarchic Control, Success in Kenya & More Microgrid News September 20, 2016

microgrid-news-september-20-2016An installation of solar energy panels in Kenya. Photo by: Akon Lighting Africa

Microgrid News Roundup September 20, 2016   The next generation: How microgrids are changing the business landscape The major markets for the growing microgrid sector aren’t just those enterprises that want insurance in case of an outage. They also include those that want to “island” or to be solely self-reliant (for example, military installations). Many, like hospitals and college campuses, want emergency power if the utility-provided electricity cuts off. The users of microgrids all share the same […]

Microgrid Antifragility: Don’t Be a Turkey

Like banks “too big to fail,” the grids in most developed nations are so fragile and interdependent that they are vulnerable to natural or human-made disasters that can cripple whole cities and regions. Microgrids, however, are like your local bank: independent from other local banks and thus much more resilient to unexpected future events. Resilience is an obvious  benefit of breaking the grid system into smaller components independent of each others’ operation. But […]