UL Solutions Acquires HOMER Energy

UL, a global safety science leader, announced the acquisition of Boulder, Colorado-based HOMER Energy, the world leader in modeling and optimization software for microgrids. The acquisition combines UL’s experience and recognized thought leadership in solar, wind and battery technology with HOMER Energy’s system design capabilities. HOMER Energy employees will join UL’s existing Energy and Power Technologies Division:

UL Solutions HOMER® Front Software Adds Frequency Regulation Modeling for Utility-Scale Battery Storage 

UL Solutions announced the release of the new 1.0 version of HOMER® Front software, adding expanded performance and financial forecasting capabilities to the subscription-based online application for designing, optimizing and maximizing the revenue and return on investment of complex utility-scale energy storage, solar, wind and hybrid systems. With the new capabilities in HOMER Front software version 1.0, battery energy storage system (BESS) stakeholders can model most electricity markets worldwide.

Decarbonize industrial processes and our energy future with green hydrogen

Hydrogen can help decarbonize hard-to-abate, energy- and carbon-intensive industrial processes, long-haul transporting, and ammonia production. But making hydrogen requires a significant amount of electricity. Green hydrogen delivers clean energy with only water and heat as a byproduct and is seeing renewed and intensified focus as the path to fully decarbonizing energy use worldwide.

RE+ 24 – September 9-12, 2024

Join us at RE+ 2024 in Anaheim, California from September 9-12, 2024. Developed by the nation’s leading solar energy organizations, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), RE+ reflects an ongoing entrepreneurial approach to renewing best practices across the clean energy landscape as the marketplace evolves.

Join Us at Microgrid Knowledge Conference 2024

Microgrid Knowledge (MGK) Conference 2024 is the intersection of education, advocacy and collaboration on the mission-critical pathway to NetZero unity. Join us and say hi to the HOMER Software team on the show floor at booth #507 to learn all about what’s new with HOMER Pro, HOMER Grid and HOMER Front. Also, don’t miss our session on April 23rd, 2024, ‘The Dynamic Path to Reliable Energy: A Living Roadmap’.

5th International Conference on Solar Technologies and Hybrid Mini-Grids – Call for Speakers Now Open

The International Conference on Solar Technologies and Hybrid Mini-Grids is pleased to announce the initiation of the call for abstracts. Scheduled to be held at the University of the Balearic Islands in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) from September 4 to 6, 2024, this event provides a unique opportunity for professionals across industries, academia, and institutions to engage in discussions about decentralized energy access and local development. Submit yours by February 29th, 2024.

Early Adopters of Microgrid Technology: African Telecommunications Companies Use Renewable Energy to Power Cell Towers and Industry Growth

Microgrids have proven to be crucial for powering cell towers in Africa, where mobile phone technology leapfrogged over landlines in the past few decades. Ugandan engineer Nelson Tashobya explains how he has used HOMER Pro to design renewably-powered microgrids that save on diesel fuel costs and provide reliable power in remote locations.

Electrify Your Parking Lot: Successfully forecast EV charging revenue and cost in seven easy steps

Join the HOMER Software team on to discover how to take the guesswork out of forecasting EV charging revenue and costs in this educational webinar. As electric vehicles (EVs) sweep the nation, the future of parking is paved with economic opportunities. But it’s not as easy as installing direct current fast charging and getting the needed power supply. Distributed generation-plus-storage systems offer a quicker — and in most cases better and less costly — solution than power grid upgrades. But how do you evaluate the return on investment of adding distributed energy-powered EV charging stations?

UL Solutions HOMER® Grid Software’s New Release Empowers Electric Vehicle Charging Station Designers to Maximize Revenue and Return on Investment

A new release of HOMER® Grid, energy modeling software for grid-connected hybrid power projects, enables users to rapidly calculate EV charging revenue. The new capability helps project developers reduce the time and uncertainty of evaluating the ROI of a proposed, site-specific, renewable energy-plus-storage powered charging station, maximize the project’s value, and demonstrate that value to customers. Additional updates include the addition of California’s new Net Energy Metering (NEM) 3.0 tariffs and the ability to import project production data from other design software. Learn more at the webinar on Sept. 28, 2023. Read more for details.

2023 Renewable Energy Grid Integration Week

UL Solutions is a proud supporter of the 2023 Renewable Energy Grid Integration Week. The events will be held on the Lyngby campus of the Technical University of Denmark – DTU from September 25-28, 2023. Join us for the 7th E-Mobility Power System Integration Symposium and the 22nd Wind & Solar Integration Workshop.

Powering the coming surge of electric vehicles with renewable energy

The coming surge of electric vehicles is going to create massive new demand for EV charging stations. And that in turn is going to create greater nationwide demand for electricity and a challenge for the aging U.S. grid. In a new article in Microgrid Knowledge, Peter Lilienthal, creator of the HOMER software, explains how HOMER Grid can help solve that problem:

Join UL Solutions at RE+ 2023

Join us for presentations and software demos to learn about the latest advancements in HOMER software at RE+ 2023. Stop by UL Solutions booth #355 to see how HOMER software helps you conquer modeling EV charging infrastructure, hydrogen production and utility-scale storage. Get the latest on how to maximize project value and accelerate the design-to-build process.

HOMER Grid 1.10 new EV charging and tariff  features are now available

Electric vehicles are expected to sweep the nation, creating a critical need for businesses to consider EV charging infrastructure and calculate the potential revenue of adding EV charging. That’s one reason we’re super excited to roll out the new version 1.10 of HOMER Grid software, which includes a cutting-edge revenue calculator for EV charging stations, as well as new NEM 3.0 tariffs and the ability to import multiple solar and wind production data files.

Peter Lilienthal Presenting at IEEE Las Vegas Tech Conference

IEEE Las Vegas Tech Conference and Expo is fast approaching on April 21st, 2023. This key event is a platform to find out the latest innovations and you will be equipped with the latest trends and innovations in electronics, electromagnetics, power, and energy. UL Solutions microgrid lead and HOMER Software creator, Peter Lilienthal, will be presenting on ‘Modeling Hybrid Generation Projects’, explaining how to model projects (both front-of-the-meter and behind-the-meter) including renewable energy and microgrids.

Message from the Founder of HOMER Software – March 2023

Microgrid activity is heating up here in the U.S. In this newsletter, we highlight the growing role of microgrids for resilience and the expected impact of the Inflation Reduction Act. Now that the vulnerability of the larger grid has become more apparent, microgrids are becoming the go-to resource for critical facilities and infrastructure everywhere and for whole communities in disaster-prone areas such as California. One such critical facility is the Oregon National Guard’s Nesmith Readiness Center in Dallas, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard recently added long-duration energy storage to its existing solar array to provide resilience in preparation for a major earthquake and tsunami expected to strike in the next 50 years.