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October 2015

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

Thank you to all the attendees, partners and sponsors who helped make this year's conference a great success! For those of you who could not make it, we are making all the conference presentations available for download. Should you be interested in this option we will take payments of US$250 via PayPal for access to the entire folder of 35 presentations from leaders and innovators in the Microgrid Industry. Send Us a Message to Request Access.

Groundbreaking Initiative To Create Fleet Of Hybrid-Electric Buildings

NEWPORT BEACH and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Irvine Company announced this week an initiative to become the world’s first major real estate company to create a fleet of hybrid-electric buildings powered by state-of-the-art energy storage systems from Tesla Energy. The company recently signed a memorandum of understanding for the ground-breaking environmental initiative with San Francisco-based Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS).

The Irvine Company—with properties throughout coastal California—will institute a portfolio-wide program to install energy storage systems that will reduce peak-energy consumption from local utilities, ease the need for additional power plants, reduce electricity costs and provide back-up power during grid outages.

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Africa Can Quadruple Share of Renewable Energy by 2030, IRENA Report Finds

Cape Town, South Africa, 5 October 2015 – The African continent could generate nearly a quarter of its energy needs through the use of indigenous, clean, renewable energy by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Africa 2030 – a comprehensive roadmap for Africa’s energy transition – finds that a combination of modern renewable technology could realistically meet 22 per cent of Africa’s energy needs by 2030, a more than a four-fold increase from just five per cent in 2013. The report also finds that scaling up modern renewables in Africa is an affordable means to help meet fast-growing energy demand while increasing energy access, improving health and achieving sustainability goals.

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Clean Energy Mini-Grids recognised in G20 Energy Access Action Plan

The Energy Access Action Plan delivered by the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4All) to the G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group was adopted on October 2 in Istanbul at the G20 Energy Ministers meeting. In particular, it lends its support to collaborative efforts such as those of the SE4All Clean Energy Mini-Grids High Impact Opportunity (HIO) including the Africa-focused Green Mini-Grid Market Development Program.

The HIO welcomes the G20’s vision and leadership role to support collaborative efforts to ensure increased access to clean energy. The endorsement of the plan comes in a timely fashion with last week’s adoption by world leaders of the 17 new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty and hunger by 2030. With goal seven to “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”, clean energy is finally being recognised as a key enabler for sustainable development.

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The Humble Ways Princeton University’s Microgrid is Green

Princeton University’s microgrid is green—but not in ways that are obvious.

The university has solar—a field of 16,000 solar panels that produce 4.5 MW or 6 percent of the univesity’s power, says Ted Borer, energy plant manager. In addition Princeton has cogeneration plants producing half the electricity needed by the university. They’re dispatched on an economic basis, which saves money for the university.

“When utility prices are high, we generate, and when utility prices are low, we run a minimum load and buy it from the utility. This is economic and reduces our carbon footprint,” he says in the interview. The university takes advantage of building controls, monitoring and controlling over 100,000 different pressures, temperatures and humidities around campus.

The cogeneration–which is 80 percent efficient–is the first step in the university’s effort to be clean and green. Steam is used to heat buildings in the winter and run chillers in the summer.

Princeton is a net purchaser of power, but if the grid is shut down, the university can de-couple and run as an island. “We did this during Hurricane Sandy,” says Borer. “We kept the lights on while most of New Jersey was dark. We kept the lights and steam on, and first responders came here to get out of the cold.”

Listen to the full interview at Microgrid Knowledge


ABB and Microsoft Join Forces to Launch Next-Gen Electric Vehicle Charging Services Platform

ZURICH, Switzerland — October 20, 2015 — ABB and Microsoft Corp. announced today the worldwide availability of a new electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging services platform. Combining ABB’s leading EV charging stations with Microsoft’s Azure cloud-based services will ensure stability, global scalability and advanced management features for ABB customers. The collaboration will also take advantage of machine learning and predictive analytic capabilities to drive future innovations.

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UN Foundation, Energy Access Practitioner Network — Webinar on Mini-Grid Tools

November 17 at 10am EST

Join us for a webinar session showcasing mini-grids tools and resources which can be useful for practitioners during the planning, design and operation of mini-grid projects. The webinar will feature presentations by GIZ, HOMER and the UN Foundation and is being organized by the UN Foundation in partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Center.

The webinar is scheduled for November 17 at 10 am Eastern. More details about the session and information on how to participate will be coming soon!

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