Microgrid Articles

  • A further step towards sustainable growth: Windkinetic enters in FRIEM Group

    As a global reference in energy conversion systems, FRIEM accelerates on the energy field by acquiring Windkinetic, an Italian company dedicated to provide innovative solutions for offgrid and microgrid systems, integrating different renewable energy sources and battery storage. With this step, coherent with FRIEM’s Industrial Plan 2018-2022, the group keeps on supporting the demand for ...


    By Friem S.p.A.

  • Schneider Electric Case Study

    Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. At their North American headquarters in Boston, the company wanted to create a visible example of their microgrid technology in action, while offsetting energy costs and creating a backup power source during outages. REC Solar built and will operate the canopy and rooftop solar arrays that power the microgrid, which ...


    By REC Solar

  • Redwood City School District Case Study

    The Redwood City School District’s goals were to reduce operating costs and implement sustainable operating practices. The District developed an energy development strategy with Sage Renewables energy consultants and obtained Proposition 39 funding through the state of California to help fund the project. The usual benefits for renewable energy generation were identified, as well as a need ...


    By REC Solar

  • Rural Electrification: GEF Experience in Renewables-based Microgrids

    This paper discusses how the existing 1.2 billion poor people worldwide without access to electricity can be environment-friendly electrified with the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) on energy and the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate the experience of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in rural electrification ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • What rural Alaska can teach the world about renewable energy

    I flew into Unalakleet, Alaska, on a late fall day. With about 700 people, Unalakleet is large by rural Alaska standards and serves as a regional hub. The village is located on a sandy spit of land where a clear river meets the turbid water of the Bering Sea. Out the plane window the sun shone bright, glittering off the wind-tossed whitecaps of the sea. To the east, the rolling Nulato Hills, clad ...


    By Ensia

  • How Energy Storage Can Pave the Way for Renewable Energy Adoption

    Introduction Renewable energy offers a hopeful promise to reduce the energy sector’s carbon footprint, but many challenges must be addressed before it can be more extensively integrated into our society. One of the greatest barriers to widespread adoption is quite simply that due to the nature of renewable energy – the fact that it is produced only when solar rays, wind, etc. ...


    By Climate Institute

  • Kwendin, Liberia - Case Study

    Kwendin is a remote village in Nimba County in central Liberia. It has a population of about 2000 inhabitants, and no access to the very limited national electrical grid. With funding from a USAID grant, APL, in partnership with Stable Outcomes are building ...


    By All Power Labs

  • Geli Enables BMW EV Demand Response Program - Case Study

    Challenge BMW Technology Group planned to launch a ground-breaking electric vehicle (EV) program called i ChargeForward that would allow individual BMW i3 owners to earn money by participating in demand response (DR) events. However, in order for BMW to participate in Pacific Gas & Electric’s day-ahead and real-time DR markets, it needed to guarantee 100 kilowatts (kW) of demand ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • Geli Keeps the Lights On When Utilities Can’t - Case Study

    Challenge Imagine you’ve found the perfect plot of land and construction has started on your dream home, but in order to turn the lights on it will cost an additional $250,000. That’s exactly what happened to one couple in Marin county in Northern California. When local utility Pacific Gas & Electric quoted an exorbitant price to extend grid power to their new home, the ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • Want to improve wind and solar power? Bring them together

    By combining intermittent renewable energy sources through hybrid projects, developers are taking advantage of the strengths of each. What’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is ...


    By Ensia

  • Q&A: The world’s eyes turn to Minnesota on district energy

    Frank Jossi reports in Midwest Energy News that for the second time in a little more than a decade St. Paul is hosting an international conference on district energy. Ken Smith is the president and CEO of District Energy St. Paul and past Chair of the International District Energy ...

  • Hybridnet Project, Terni, Italy - Case Study

    The Hybridnet Project has assembled a team of young engineers devoted to building an alternative energy training center where they can help North and Central African refugees learn about sustainable development. The goal is to for them to create economically and environmentally sustainable local enterprises in their home countries, allowing them to make a living while providing a useful and ...


    By All Power Labs

  • Climbing the Solar Energy Ladder – New approach for energy-starved rural poor

    Access to electricity is crucial for sustainable economic development. Yet 1.3 billion people around the world live without basic access to electricity. Many of these people rely on unhealthy polluting kerosene lamps for nighttime lighting. Those with access to electricity in the developing world often rely on coal- or diesel-based grid power. ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Limyè Pa w, Tuffet, Haiti - Case Study

    Operating as a socially committed private enterprise, Limyè Pa w has been making and distributing renewable, low-carbon power in Haiti since the beginning of 2015. Running their upgraded v5 PP20 on plentiful local corncobs, they currently operate 10 hours a day, six days a week, serving dozens of rural households. ...


    By All Power Labs

  • Community-coupled microgrids for the implementation of a smart grid in Tunisia

    Smart grids are based on the use of ICT in order to optimise the quality and the cost of electricity generation, transport and distribution. Developing countries try to upgrade their electric grids to meet the evolving needs of the end consumers and face the energy challenge. The study of smart grid instauration in such countries must consider the disparity in terms of ICT infrastructures across ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Emerging Power of Microgrids

    Over many decades, the centralized power grid — a one-way flow of electricity, generated by large, remote power plants and distributed over miles of transmission lines to homes and businesses — succeeded in delivering electricity across continents to billions. But in recent years the system’s shortcomings have become increasingly ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Symphony Of The Microgrid At An Urban University

    Perched on the wind-sculpted bluffs above the Pacific Ocean, the University of California San Diego (UCSD) is one of the world’s leading research universities, with an average R&D budget of $1 billion in each of the last three years. Research includes over 50 years of investigating climate change at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, making it no surprise that the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • High-Flying Turbine Produces More Power

    For Altaeros Energies, a startup launched out of MIT, the sky’s the limit when it comes to wind power. Founded by alumni Ben Glass ’08, SM ’10 and Adam Rein MBA ’10, Altaeros has developed the world’s first commercial airborne wind turbine, which uses a helium-filled shell to float as high as a skyscraper and capture the stronger, steadier winds available at that ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Sure Green Island, Palawan, Phillipines - Case Study

    Our PP20 Power Pallet was Installed in Green Island, a small village island located about 14 kilometers off the coast of Roxas, Palawan, in the Philippines. The project is being developed by Solutions Using Renewable Energy (SURE) who are building a microgrid system tying a 2.5 kW solar array and a 5 kW wind ...


    By All Power Labs

  • Top 10 Clean Energy Developments of 2013

    2013 was an exciting and inspiring year in many regards. And we’re not just talking the arrival of Prince George or the fact that the new Pope rides an electric bicycle. There were many remarkable clean energy developments that are helping to bring us closer to a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future. Here we ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

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