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August 2015

MICROGRID 2015 - Economically Integrating Storage and Renewables for Resilience, Grid Stability, and Remote Power - Canberra, Australia October 14-15, 2015

We are in the final days of Early Bird Pricing for Microgrid 2015 in Canberra, Australia. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has taken the bold position of reaching 100% renewable energy by 2025. So come be part of the excitement as we hear from industry leaders and creative academics who are leading the way in using distributed generation to reach this bold goal.

Sign up now for Microgrid 2015 – Early Bird pricing ends August 31!


Siemens, Blue Lake Rancheria, and Humboldt State University Partner to Install Low-Carbon Microgrid on Native American Reservation

Blue Lake Rancheria, a Native American reservation in Northern California, and Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center have partnered with Siemens to build a low-carbon community microgrid to power the government offices, economic enterprises, and critical Red Cross safety shelter-in-place facilities across 100 acres. Read more

Global Hybrid Grid Market by Application, by Consumption Pattern, and by Geography Forecasts to 2019

The hybrid microgrid is a combination of the energy sources used to produce a microgrid. In the past, several historical reasons had led to the growing influence of AC technology over DC power systems. However in the present times, increasing technological advancements in power conversion, generation, transmission, and consumption are establishing the stronghold of DC power system once again. This DC power system is expected to prevail strongly in the microgrids, which is regarded as the future of smart distribution systems. Thus by evolving the hybrid AC/DC microgrids, the integration of the DC technology into the existing AC systems could be ensured. Read more

But What if the Microgrid Fails Too?

Microgrids act as insurance if the central electric grid fails. So it’s fair to ask, how do you keep the microgrid from failing too? It’s a legitimate worry since microgrids increasingly provide back-up power for critical facilities — hospitals, emergency services, telecommunications towers and the like. This is an issue IPERC (short for Intelligent Power & Energy Research Corporation) has been grappling with for years.
Read more at MicrogridKnowledge

Supplying Power Where Power is Due: Annobon Island Microgrid

With electricity only five hours a day, Annobon Island is much like many other remote areas of the developing world. Darren Hammel of Princeton Power Systems explains the changes that the Annobon Island microgrid will bring to this Equatorial Guinea community.

Annobon Island is the southern-most island of Equatorial Guinea off the coast of west central Africa. The island has a population of approximately 5,000 residents, with limited access to reliable electricity. In 2014, residents of Annobon Island had access to electricity for about five hours per day, if at all, and even then the electricity did not come cheap as they would spend an average of 15-20 percent of their annual income on supplemental power.
Read more at MicrogridKnowledge

Ontario Plans Microgrid in Northernmost Community; Will Invest $2.5M

The Ontario government is investing $2.5 million toward what will be the first solar/diesel microgrid in the province’s far north region. The microgrid will be built and operated by the Fort Severn First Nation, and will connect wind and solar to existing diesel generators.

The funding comes from a $130 billion, 10-year infrastructure effort underway in Ontario, the largest such improvement in the province’s history. The microgrid funds are being channeled through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, a government development agency that is part of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
Read more at MicrogridKnowledge


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Innovus Power: A Generator That Plays Well With Renewable Energy

Marc Hoffman, CEO of startup Innovus Power, believes that the synchronous generator, the workhorse of the power grid for the past century, needs a makeover for the green-powered future.

Sure, power turbines that run at a fixed speed -- 60 hertz, or cycles per second, in the U.S. -- have served the grid well to date. But the increase in wind and solar power, which rise and fall with the weather, and uses inverters to turn direct current into grid-ready alternating current, presents them with a serious set of challenges.

Read full article at Greentech Media


ABB and Enertiva Turn on the Lights at Costa Rica’s First Solar-Powered Football Stadium

HOMER Energy partner ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has been the inverter supplier of choice for a joint project with Enertiva Energia Alternativa. The project is unique for Central America: for the first time, a solar installation on the roof of a football stadium – and not just any football stadium, but the iconic Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, locally called “La Catedral (the Cathedral) of Costa Rican football”, home of the La Liga Deportiva Alajuelense football club. Read more


Infocast’s Commercial & Government Microgrids Summit, the 7th iteration of its kind, will provide a platform for decision makers from the Federal, State and Local- Levels to outline their microgrids funding opportunities and deployment plans in a number of applications for increasing energy security and grid resiliency. The event will also bring commercial end-users and utilities together with leading renewable energy and microgrid developers, system integrators, energy storage companies, microgrid enabling technology companies and financiers to tackle the technical and financial challenges of developing microgrids for a myriad of markets. Click here for more information.

Energy and Mines Toronto Summit

October 22-23, 2015

HOMER Energy is supporting and participating in the 3rd annual Energy and Mines Toronto Summit which will bring together senior mining leaders with renewable energy experts to discuss solutions for addressing mining’s power challenges. Enter the code “homer20” on the registration page to receive a 20% discount.

Over 400+ mining operators and energy experts will attend the Summit, which is now well established as the meeting place for the mining and energy sectors to network and discuss power solutions for mining operators. This year’s event has a strong focus on microgrid applications for remote mining operations and energy storage applications for the global mining sector.

This global Summit is now well-established as the meeting place for the mining and renewable energy sectors to networking and understand the potential for collaboration on reliable, sustainable and affordable power for mines.

Visit www.energyandmines.com/toronto for more information or contact Adrienne Baker.

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