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Navigant Research Releases Latest Microgrid Deployment Tracker
April 3, 2014


According to the report, the vast majority of the new project entries (135) were in the Asia Pacific region, concentrated in India, which is the global leader in terms of numbers of deployed microgrids to date. The largest source of new capacity is the community/utility segment, with an addition of 154 MW.
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Frost & Sullivan: Global Microgrid Market Set for Rapid Growth Beyond 2015
March 31, 2014


To overcome cost and integration barriers, institutions and universities across Europe are building microgrid networks for field tests and analysis. The large value chain of participants actively contributing to microgrid development will further fuel a market boom beyond 2015.
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Report Examines Nanogrid Market Potential
March 30, 2014


According to a new report from Navigant Research, there are viable nanogrid markets in every region of the world, yet the Middle East & Africa represent the greatest near-term and long-term market opportunity, with revenue forecast to increase from $14.4 billion in 2014 to $25.2 billion in 2023.
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Electrovaya Partners with Canadian Solar on Microgrid Energy Storage Project
March 30, 2014


Electrovaya announced recently that it will partner with Canadian Solar on a microgrid project, providing a 200 kWh energy storage system which will feature Electrovaya's Lithium Ion SuperPolymer 2.0 technology. The project is being funded by the Ontario Smart Grid Fund, through the Ministry of Energy.
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Need Seen For Microgrid Open Architecture
March 27, 2014


A recent workshop on microgrids at UT Austin called for the formulation of a voluntary open architecture for developing economies and remote areas that are extending power to unserved and underserved areas. This architecture would help non-governmental organizations, governments, and companies to make investments in point of use technologies such as solar battery chargers, microgrids, and in the existing power grid. Today, decisions are uncoordinated and often not scalable. The architecture is seen as helping disparate sources contribute to a functional system, and would likely include both power and water.
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Toshiba Delivers Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage Systems to Remote Islands
March 17, 2014


The maximum output and capacity of the systems Toshiba has delivered are 3,000kW and 1,161kWh for Tanegashima Island and 2,000kW and 774kWh for Amamioshima Island. Both systems integrate Toshiba's SCiB lithium-ion secondary batteries, which are designed to support over 10,000 rapid charge-discharge cycles while offering high levels of reliability and operational safety.
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Wesleyan University Begins Operation of Microgrid
March 12, 2014
by Brian Dowling in The Hartford Courant

According to the author, recent upgrades to Wesleyan's microgrid make it the first project to be finished under a state pilot program to expand microgrids in Connecticut. "In an environment that is rapidly changing, unusually cold weather, unusually hot weather, unusually strong storms, we have to make sure we're in a position to take care of our citizens," said Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. "We can take care of the needs of our 169 towns. We should have a microgrid in each one of those, and the larger communities should have more than one."
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Microgrids for Rural Electrification: A Critical Review of Best Practices
March 1, 2014


Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and University of California Berkeley, together with the United Nations Foundation Energy Access Practitioner Network, have released a new study evaluating a range of microgrid applications in rural communities in India, Malaysian Borneo and Haiti. The roles of subsidies, tariff design, maintenance, and other factors that constitute microgrid operations are examined in the context of existing best practices and re-examined in light of seven case studies.
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Microgrids To Have Major Utility Industry Impact Within 10 Years
February 26, 2014


In the first installment of two reports, Rocky Mountain Institute, HOMER and CRTE outline the possible scenarios in five different U.S. regions -- Hawaii, California, Kentucky, Texas and New York -- and identify when solar PV and storage combinations could disrupt existing utility business models.
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Microgrid Resources Coalition Launched by Microgrid Businesses and Hosts
February 24, 2014


The new consortium that will support microgrid deployment and the enhanced resilience, cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency they offer. Founding members include Princeton University, NRG Energy, ICETEC Energy, Concord Engineering and the International District Energy Association.
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EaglePicher Receives Contract from Erigo Technologies for DOD Microgrid Energy Storage System
February 24, 2014


Erigo's contract, funded under the Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund and awarded by the U.S. Corp of Engineers on behalf of the U.S. Northern Command, calls for delivery of an innovative system employing multiple battery types and sophisticated control systems to address the frequency, duty cycle, and storage needs of the conventional and renewable power sources that make up many DoD microgrids.
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Energy Department Announces $7 Million in Funding for Microgrid Design
February 11, 2014


Each applicant will be required to work with an entity or community to design microgrid systems of <10 MW, which is enough to power a small community. Additionally, applicants will be encouraged to design systems that protect critical infrastructure such as hospitals and water treatment plants. The deadline for submitting applications is April 28, 2014.
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HOMER Energy Helps Craft 75% Renewable Deal for Necker Island
February 6, 2014


Most island locations can reduce their fossil fuel consumption by as much as 80% given current technology, far more than mainland utilities have achieved, and decrease costs at the same time. Getting islands to step forward and actually do this has been a challenge, however, until now.
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How Microgrid Business Model Innovation Will Support New Development Opportunities
February 6, 2014


Self-contained microgrids are emerging as a viable power option for users from datacenters to telecom stations to single family homes. While customer-owned microgrids are standard today, a new business model, Microgrid-as-a-Service (MaaS) offers a flexible ownership structure and presents the best opportunity to capitalize on this growing market, according to a new report from Lux Research.
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Future of Energy Storage Systems for Microgrids
February 4, 2014


A 15 percent displacement of diesel generator sets in a remote microgrid would result in a payback period of 2-4 years across all energy storage technologies, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The key for energy storage vendors is to find the right business models, partners, and demonstrate the longevity and robustness required of remote systems.
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SDSC and Leidos to Help Develop Cybersecurity Reference Architecture for Microgrids
January 28, 2014


The security architecture and best practices to be developed under this project are intended to provide a defense-in-depth approach to securing microgrids, ensuring that threat vectors identified during the threat analysis phase are properly mitigated. This security architecture will be designed to support the anticipated future growth of the UC San Diego microgrid, as well as microgrids around the world.
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Indian Microgrids Aim to Bring Millions Out of Darkness
January 27, 2014
by David Ferris in Yale Environment 360

Approximately 80 million households in India - about one quarter of the country's 1.2 billion inhabitants - do not have access to electricity. According to the author, the microgrid sector is dominated by smaller enterprises such as the four he visited in India: Mera Gao Power, Naturetech Infrastructure, Minda NexGenTech, and Husk.
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New York Earmarks $40 Million for Ten Microgrid Projects
January 10, 2014

The state of New York is using federal and state funds to implement a far-reaching program of storm preparation measures, which includes an innovative program to create at least ten microgrids statewide. The State will launch NY Prize -- a $40 million competition -- to help build community-scale power grids for areas with approximately 40,000 residents.
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EarthSpark Wins Grant to Expand Microgrid in Les Anglais, Haiti
January 6, 2014

In Haiti 75% of the country's population lacks access to electricity, and farmers frequently lose the value of their crops for want of infrastructure and processing equipment. The $1.1 million in grant funding will enable EarthSpark to expand its existing microgrid in Les Anglais to a town-sized, solar-diesel hybrid, smart grid to serve both residential and commercial customers, including agricultural processing facilities.
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Partners Announced for U.S. Dept of Defense ESTCP Microgrid Project
January 6, 2014

The primary difference between this project and other military microgrid initiatives currently underway is the concept of a “cluster” of microgrids, each operating independently but coordinated and optimized both individually and collectively. The approach also “shadows” markets over the demonstration period to identify hard dollar energy opportunities as well as operational impacts.
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DONG Energy and Schneider Electric To Focus on Optimizing Island Microgrid Systems
December 20, 2013

DONG Energy and Schneider Electric recently entered an agreement to cooperate on a technological and commercial partnership aimed at enabling electric network operators of remote or isolated island grids to increase the share of renewable energy used while maintaining grid stability and reliability for consumers.
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Experts Forecast Robust Microgrid Development Through 2020
December 17, 2013
by Ben Kaldunski

Microgrids employing solar with battery storage could achieve cost reductions from around 40 cents per kWh today to 15-20 cents per kWh over the next 10-20 years, according to Eric Maurer, manager of the Rocky Mountain Institute's electricity program, who also spoke at the recent Microgrid Virtual Summit.
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