Understanding Microgrids through Microbreweries

Lisa Markowski, ERS, for Zondits Can beer make things clearer? It’s highly possible, although not necessarily through its consumption. Thinking about how microbreweries operate compared to large, national breweries can give the non-engineer a better understanding of the functions and goals of the modern grid. Writer/engineer/EnerNex consultant Sean Morash understands that “normal people” might not … Read more

NYCHA Focuses Grid Resiliency in Brooklyn

Red Hook housing development will feature its own sustainable, resilient microgrid Architects Newspaper, July 5, 2016 The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is on the hunt for a developer to back a sustainable heat and power generation complex for Brooklyn’s biggest housing complex to be. NCYHA says the developer would “finance, design, construct, and operate … Read more

The Obama Administration Shows Support for Renewable Energy

Jesse Remillard, ERS, for Zondits The Obama Administration showed its support for renewable energy, energy storage, and microgrids last Thursday, June 16, 2016, by hosting a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. Both state and private sectors were represented at the Summit, and investment commitments totaling approximately $1 billion were made. The … Read more

Energy Storage Technologies Empower the Grid of the Future

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As Renewables Boom, Companies Explore Energy Storage Technology NPR, April 4, 2016 Batteries can store energy for later, but companies are looking for cheaper alternatives. Three reporters examine technologies that employ air, salt and ice. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Renewable energy like solar and wind is finally coming of age. Costs are way down. Of course, … Read more

Anbaric Offers Smart Solutions for Microgrid Development

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The Anbaric Microgrid Strategy Cleantechnica, March 31, 2016. Image credit: Tama66 Entrepreneurial opportunities for microgrid operators Wakefield, Massachusetts-based Anbaric has grown into one of this nation’s microgrid innovators. The company has developed from scratch more than $1.5 billion in independent transmission projects to date. The company outlines its production and distribution strategy as follows: A microgrid is centered … Read more

Welcome to the Future of Energy Exchange

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Blockchain-based microgrid gives power to consumers in New York New Scientist, March 2, 2016. Image credit: Unsplash Transactive Grid aims to enable people to buy and sell renewable energy to their neighbours. To deal in energy at the moment, you have to go through a central company like Duke Energy in the US or National Grid … Read more

Boeing Delivers a New Reversible Fuel Cell

Reversible fuel cell goes both ways for the US Navy Gizmag, February 9, 2016 Boeing has delivered a new type of fuel cell to the US Navy for testing that can both store energy and generate electricity. Called a “reversible solid oxide fuel cell,” it’s designed to absorb energy from renewable sources, such as wind … Read more

Boston Identifies Opportunities for Microgrid Development

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Boston Identifies Dozens of Potential Microgrid Sites in Major Community Energy Study Microgrid Knowledge, February 17, 2016. Image credit: skeeze Boston has identified dozens of potential microgrid sites that together with other community energy projects could save as much as $1.7 billion, according to a new report issued by the city. The Boston Community Energy Study … Read more

ComEd Plans a Microgrid Project for a Chicago Neighborhood

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DOE Awards ComEd $4 Million for Renewable Technology T&D World Magazine, January 22, 2016. Image credit: Max Talbot-Minkin ComEd has received a $4 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to design and deploy solar and battery storage technology within its planned microgrid demonstration project in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. This award will … Read more

A Grand Cru for a Minnesota Winery Microgrid Project

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Unique microgrid project to power Minnesota winery Midwest Energy News, October 23, 2015. Image credit: Winehaven Winery Located around 35 miles north of St. Paul in Chisago City, the St. Thomas School of Engineering has been working with WineHaven on a unique collaboration to create a microgrid using solar and wind on the its grounds. St. … Read more