1. Articles in category: Residential & Community & Microgrid

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    1. Panasonic, Younicos, & Xcel Energy Form Denver Public/Private Microgrid Partnership

      Panasonic, Younicos, & Xcel Energy Form Denver Public/Private Microgrid Partnership

      Spurred by state mandated renewable energy goals, Panasonic, Xcel Energy, and Younicos have formed a public/private partnership with the city and county to promote a microgrid centered around the Peña Station NEXT, a 382-acre transportation hub located near Denver International Airport. The Xcel Energy feeder for Peña Station NEXT already has 20% solar penetration and is expected to have 30% solar penetration by the time the microgrid project is completed in the first half of 2017.

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    2. Xcel Energy to Test Battery Storage Technology in Stapleton

      Xcel Energy to Test Battery Storage Technology in Stapleton

      Xcel Energy is partnering with battery vendors Sunverge Energy and Northern Reliability, Inc. to test battery storage technology to maximize the use of rooftop solar energy while ensuring the safety and reliability of the electric grid. The two-year pilot project is taking place in Stapleton's North Central Park and Eastbridge neighborhoods. As customers' demand for solar energy in their homes and businesses increases, this is a crucial time for Xcel Energy to learn how battery storage can help integrate higher concentrations of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy onto its system. The company wants to not only learn how to accommodate more solar energy onto its grid, but also manage other grid issues such as voltage regulation and peak demand, and reduce energy costs

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    3. ABB Microgrid to Bring Clean Energy and Power Reliability to Alaska Community

      ABB Microgrid to Bring Clean Energy and Power Reliability to Alaska Community

      ABB will provide an innovative microgrid, combining battery and flywheel based storage technologies, designed to test scalability and improve power stability for around 300,000 people in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. The small scale project, initiated by Chugach Electric Association, Inc., aims to identify technologies that will enable the integration of more renewables, including wind power from a 17 megawatt (MW) wind farm on Fire Island, located about 4 km off the coast of Anchorage, which will work in concert with the innovative storage solution

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    4. Smart Grids and Energy Storage: Microgrid on a Blockchain Platform

      Smart Grids and Energy Storage: Microgrid on a Blockchain Platform

      On sunny days, Martha Cameron’s electric meter runs backwards. There’s a simple reason for that. On the roof of her brownstone, a row house that was built about 1900 in the idyllic Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn, she has a solar installation. When the sun is shining brightly, she can’t use all the electricity from her 18 photovoltaic panels, so the excess power is transferred to the power grid. When Cameron installed her solar system in 2010, she was a pioneer. But she was soon joined by five other buildings with solar systems on her leafy street, which is lined with Norway maples and sycamores.

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      Mentions: Siemens NY
    5. Ameresco to Build Renewable-Powered Microgrid for US Marine Corps

      Ameresco to Build Renewable-Powered Microgrid for US Marine Corps

      Ameresco will build a renewable-powered microgrid at a Marine Corp facility in Parris Island, South Carolina. The project at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) includes 6.7MW of PV generation, a 3.5MW combined heat and power facility and a 8MWh battery storage system. A US$91.1 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) has been put in place to fund Ameresco’s engineering, construction and operation works. The ESPC uses the electricity bill savings delivered by the system to pay down its cost. This is essentially cost-neutral for the client.

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    6. Microgrids and Distributed Energy in Obama's Final Energy Blueprint

      Microgrids and Distributed Energy in Obama's Final Energy Blueprint

      It’s unclear what’s ahead for federal policy on microgrids and distributed energy with the changing of the guard in Washington, D.C. But the Obama administration pushed the resources in its final energy blueprint issued last week. "Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System,” the second installment of the Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review looks at the rapid technology overhaul on the grid and the challenges that result. 

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    7. Navigant Research Counts Nearly 1700 Microgrid Projects

      Navigant Research Counts Nearly 1700 Microgrid Projects

      Thanks, in large part, to the continued growth of energy storage and solar PV, Navigant Research has identified 1,681 microgrid projects that are proposed, under development or operating worldwide as of the fourth quarter of 2016. The latest edition of the firm’s Microgrid Deployment Tracker report says the microgrid projects represent 16,553 MW of capacity.

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      Mentions: Australia Asia India
    8. Tesla Powerpacks Provide Energy Storage For North Carolina Island

      Tesla Powerpacks Provide Energy Storage For North Carolina Island

      Tesla Motors has made green-friendly power a reality on yet another island. The gorgeous Ocracoke Island in North Carolina’s Outer Banks is now home to 10 Tesla Powerpacks. The island will not have to completely depend on its old method of power – a 3MW diesel generator – as a new microgrid will work in tandem with the diesel system, and solar arrays will provide additional backup power. As we understand it, these are original 100 kWh Powerpacks, not the recently update Powerpack 2.0 offering that are rated at 200 kWh – with Gigafactory built inverters that begin shipping in September.

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    9. Tesla Hooks Up An Entire Island With Solar Energy

      Tesla Hooks Up An Entire Island With Solar Energy

      Tesla will no longer be known as a company that just makes electric cars because following the acquisition of SolarCity, it’s now a proper clean energy company with a host of products under its belt. To show off its clean energy capabilities, Tesla today revealed that it has been setting up a microgrid of solar energy panels and batteries that will supply the entire island of Ta’u in American Samoa with clean, renewable energy.

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      Mentions: U.S. SolarCity Tesla
    10. ABB and IIT Madras to Develop Microgrid Models for Electricity in Remote Areas

      ABB and IIT Madras to Develop Microgrid Models for Electricity in Remote Areas

      As part of the government’s Uchchatar Avishkar Yojana (UAY) scheme, ABB India and IIT Madras have signed an MoU to collaborate for developing a power management system to optimise the operation of multiple microgrids, with and without grid connection, while managing electricity supply to villages. This system will also enable the integration of individual solar PV rooftops to a village microgrid. 

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      Mentions: India ABB
    11. SMA and LG Chem Announce Energy Storage Partnership and Promise 80% Savings on Electricity Bill

      SMA and LG Chem Announce Energy Storage Partnership and Promise 80% Savings on Electricity Bill

      The new storage solution comprises SMA’s Sunny Boy Storage 2.5 battery inverter and LG Chem’s RESU 10H and 7H storage units. Going forward, the two partners are planning to expand the focus of their collaboration on utility-scale storage solutions with the SMA Sunny Central Storage battery inverter.

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    12. U.S. Governors See Microgrids and Energy Storage as a Path to Energy Assurance

      U.S. Governors See Microgrids and Energy Storage as a Path to Energy Assurance

      Microgrids and energy storage can help U.S. states assure energy supply during disasters, according to two papers recently issued by the National Governors Association (NGA). The papers emerged from an effort NGA undertook last year to identify best energy practices that have emerged from Superstorm Sandy. A six-state team studied lessons learned from New Jersey after being pummeled by the storm in 2012. The teams, from Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Rhode Island, then went on to create action items to guide their own state efforts.

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    13. A Boost for Siemens Microgrid Software...Big Real Estate Meets Hybrid Electric Buildings...Wesleyan Microgrid Goes Solar

      A Boost for Siemens Microgrid Software...Big Real Estate Meets Hybrid Electric Buildings...Wesleyan Microgrid Goes Solar

      Siemens has introduced a new Digital Grid Services platform for the U.S. market, which it says will enhance its microgrid software, along with other aspects of its grid portfolio. The platform allows utilities to better access an increasingly digital operational environment through use of cloud and managed service offerings, Siemens says. The company offers the software-as-a-service grid management product via a subscription. Customers receive managed services, including engineering and operations expertise, and cloud-hosted environments via Siemens secure data centers.

       

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      Mentions: CA DoE U.S.
    14. Younicos, Xcel Energy, Panasonic Corp. to Develop Solar Storage System

      Younicos, Xcel Energy, Panasonic Corp. to Develop Solar Storage System

      Energy storage company Younico has signed off on a deal with Panasonic to design and develop a solar-plus-storage system at Peña Station NEXT in Denver, Colorado, which includes the operations hub for Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and Panasonic CityNOW. The installation will utilise multiple Younicos Y.Cubes, a “storage-in-a-box” solution for C&I applications from the German-American industry company. The project will see four Y.Cubes installed at the Panasonic facility in Denver, Colorado. The 1MW system, which will be connected to Xcel Energy’s power grid, will offer frequency regulation, solar grid integration through ramp control, grid peak shaving, passive energy arbitrage, and backup power. This system will allow Panasonic and other microgrid stakeholders to gain maximum energy yield from Xcel Energy’s 1.6 MW solar PV system located on a nearby parking structure, along with 259 kW of PV on the building’s rooftop.

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    15. LG Chem to Enter US Home Battery Market with Sunrun Deal

      LG Chem to Enter US Home Battery Market with Sunrun Deal

      LG Chem Ltd, the world's largest automotive battery maker, will enter the fledgling U.S. market for home energy storage through a partnership with rooftop solar company Sunrun Inc, the companies said on Wednesday. The move will put LG in direct competition with electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc, which unveiled its own home battery packs, called Powerwalls, last year. Sunrun has been using Tesla batteries in its home storage systems in Hawaii since earlier this year, and this deal will add LG to its list of suppliers.

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      Mentions: HI U.S. Tesla
    16. Military Microgrids Move Ahead in Massachusetts and California…Veolia Finishes Boston Green Steam Project

      Military Microgrids Move Ahead in Massachusetts and California…Veolia Finishes Boston Green Steam Project

      High ranking military and government officials were scheduled to gather today to see the latest plans for a military microgrid at the Otis Air National Base on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The leadership summit, held at the military base in Bourne, is a step in making the project a showcase and testbed where the Department of Defense and others can learn about microgrids, their economics and contribution to energy resilience and security.

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      Mentions: CA MA
    17. Borrego Solar Launches Megawatt-Scale Energy Storage Division

      Borrego Solar Launches Megawatt-Scale Energy Storage Division

      Borrego Solar Systems has launched a new division focused on megawatt-scale energy storage solutions, both stand-alone and tied to solar installations. It is the company's first expansion beyond solar PV; Borrego has more than 260 MW in operation and 100 MW under construction.

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      Mentions: U.S. MA SolarCity
    18. After a Banner Year, Energy Storage on Track to Best 2015's Record-Setting Growth

      After a Banner Year, Energy Storage on Track to Best 2015's Record-Setting Growth

      Critics called 2015 a "banner year" for energy storage. Now after a year of unprecedented growth, energy storage could be poised to best that performance, according to Navigant Research’s third quarter energy storage tracker. “The North American market this year definitely has the potential to surpass the deployed capacity in 2015, especially considering how quickly new projects are being built today,” Ian McClenny, a research associate at Navigant, said.

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    19. ABB Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid in India…Aquion Offers Solar-Plus-Storage for Australian Homes

      ABB Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid in India…Aquion Offers Solar-Plus-Storage for Australian Homes

      ABB plans to install an industrial microgrid at its largest manufacturing facility in India, which employees 3,000 people. The Vadodara facility in Gujarat, India will include a rooftop solar array to boost renewables, reduce fossil fuel use, and improve the facility’s electric reliability. Microgrid are particularly important in India because of poor grid reliability in many regions.

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    20. Aquion Energy and Fusion Power Systems Announce Fully Integrated Titan SmartStorage System for Australian Residential Solar Market

      Aquion Energy and Fusion Power Systems Announce Fully Integrated Titan SmartStorage System for Australian Residential Solar Market

      PITTSBURGH, PA and SOUTH MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA -- 10/03/16 -- Aquion Energy, Inc., manufacturer of Aspen saltwater batteries and energy storage systems, and Fusion Power Systems, a leading Australian power and energy systems integrator, have announced Titan SmartStorage, a fully integrated solar energy storage solution for residential applications in Australia. The Titan SmartStorage product will be unveiled today at the All-Energy 2016 conference in Melbourne, Australia, and is now available to order. Fusion's Titan SmartStorage is Australia's first fully integrated, safe, and easy-to-install residential solar energy storage system. The system combines clean and cost-effective Aquion Energy Aspen saltwater batteries with an Australian-made, purpose-built inverter and charge controller, designed and built to withstand Australian conditions.

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    21. Industry study: Microgrids to Become ‘Fundamental Building Block’

      Industry study: Microgrids to Become ‘Fundamental Building Block’

      A new study suggests that microgrids – a rarity in today’s power sector – will evolve to become a “fundamental building block” of the 21st-century grid. Used primarily to ensure reliability and access in military and other critical applications, microgrids have emerged in recent years as a niche interest for utilities and communities looking to bring more renewables online and increase resilience in the face of extreme weather. Despite the heightened profile, microgrids – islandable networks of generation and distribution – remain a small part of the U.S. energy system, making up a fraction of a percent of the nation’s total power generating capacity.

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      Mentions: U.S. IL LBNL
    22. The Transformation of Residential Energy Storage

      The Transformation of Residential Energy Storage

      The residential energy storage industry has gained significant momentum during the past year. Yet while there has been substantial progress, recent high-profile product launches have led to media attention that overestimates the current state of the industry. Despite the potential of residential battery energy storage systems to drive transformation in electric power systems, they are an economical investment only in select markets today. Going forward, utility involvement in the residential energy storage system (RESS) market will be a turning point for the industry as utilities look to own, distribute or access these storage systems. This article explores the evolving economics of RESS, how utility involvement is rapidly shifting market dynamics and the potential for this technology to lay the foundation for the distributed energy revolution.

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    23. A New Kind of Solar Panel That's Smart, Stores Energy, and Even Talks

      A New Kind of Solar Panel That's Smart, Stores Energy, and Even Talks

      A fog machine goes off, and an astronaut emerges from behind the assembled crowd, carrying the device that the room has been waiting to see up onto the stage. The atmosphere could be mistaken for the unveiling of the latest virtual reality headset or a new Silicon Valley-backed fitness tracker.  But the four-year-old startup called SunCulture Solar, led by entrepreneur and inventor Christopher Estes, has developed something much more unusual and the company unveiled it for the first time on Wednesday night in the penthouse at The Battery club in downtown San Francisco.

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      Mentions: Africa Caribbean Seeo
    24. US, Canada Utilities Aim to Link Three Microgrids in $12.4M Cross-Border Project

      US, Canada Utilities Aim to Link Three Microgrids in $12.4M Cross-Border Project

      Three utilities have formed a consortium with three technology companies and an academic institution in a $12.4 million project to link three microgrids in Maine and eastern Canada into a “transactive energy” scheme. Emera Maine, Nova Scotia Power and Toronto Hydro are teaming up with Opus One Solutions, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Smarter Grid Solutions and the Center for Urban Energy at Ryerson University for the project, which aims to demonstrate how microgrids can save money and aid in integrating renewable energy into the grid.

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