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New Innovation Center Aims to Make Milwaukee a Global Energy Hub
August 8, 2014


Officials from the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) recently unveiled plans for the new Energy Innovation Center (EIC), a facility that is intended to accelerate the development of innovative technology in the energy, power and control industry. "Having these new resources right here in Milwaukee, where UWM's microgrid testbed is just getting under way, offers tremendous potential, especially for industries in Wisconsin, to get in on the ground floor of a profitable emerging market in distributed energy systems. We are excited about the work ahead," says Brett Peters, Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's College of Engineering & Applied Science.
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American Vanadium's CellCube Included In HOMER Microgrid Software
August 8, 2014


"With Navigant Research predicting the dramatic growth of all microgrid segments in the next decade, particularly the remote and island microgrid sector, we are very excited that the current HOMER user base as well as our future customers will have access to this powerful design and modeling tool for the CellCube system," said Bill Radvak, President and CEO of American Vanadium.
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New York Allocates $3.3 Million to Improve Grid Resiliency and Efficiency
August 1, 2014


Funded projects include the use of radar in real-time response for restoration of electric utility systems, the design of a resilient underground microgrid, and the use of computer vision to analyze pictures of electric distribution problems.
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New Survey Examines Views of U.S. Utilities on Microgrids
August 1, 2014


According to a recent survey conducted by Utility Dive of 265 U.S. electric utility and independent power producer executives, an overwhelming 97% of respondents see microgrids as a business opportunity for them over the next decade. More than half of utilities surveyed see themselves in the microgrid market even earlier - within five years.
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EMerge Alliance Expands DC Power Initiative to South Asia
July 29, 2014


According to EMerge Alliance President Brian Patterson, the expansion of the group's DC power initiative into South Asia will help bring reliable power to countries with known power stability issues to prevent the high occurrence of interrupted supply from affecting commercial, industrial and residential users of electricity.
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California Issues New Call for Microgrid Projects
July 15, 2014


California has announced the availability of up to $26.5 million for projects that demonstrate the reliable integration of energy efficient demand-side resources, distributed clean energy generation, and smart grid components to enable energy-smart community development. The recently issued Program Opportunity Notice calls for projects that demonstrate low-carbon-based microgrids for critical facilities, high-penetration renewable-based microgrids, as well as advanced smart and bidirectional vehicle charging.
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Maryland Task Force Recommends Focusing on Public Purpose Microgrids
July 8, 2014


According to a recently released report by Maryland's a Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force, there is an important wave forming in the development of microgrids -- those that serve multiple customers over multiple properties and cross public rights of way in the process. These "public purpose microgrids" have the potential to offer important societal benefits during periods when the macrogrid is down, while allowing for the economic and innovative integration of distributed generation and energy storage systems during normal operations.
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U.S. Department of Energy Launches Microgrid Competition
July 3, 2014


The Microgrid 2014 MVP Challenge is designed to encourage organizations with operational microgrids, such as hospitals and water treatment plants, to submit their microgrid designs and operational data - such as when and how long the system was disconnected from the traditional grid. Entries will be judged according to four criteria: resiliency, clean energy system, efficiency, and cost effectiveness.
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U.S. Microgrid Capacity To Exceed 1.8 GW by 2018
July 1, 2014


Military bases and remote communities have traditionally built and maintained the lion's share of microgrids in the United States, but cities, communities and public institutions will foster the next wave of microgrid adoptions. According to a new report from GTM Research, current microgrid capacity stands at 1,051 megawatts and is forecasted to reach approximately 1,843 megawatts by the end of 2017, driven in part by a number of recently announced state-level resiliency programs.
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Energy Access To Host Workshop in Conjunction with Intersolar North America, 2014
June 27, 2014


The afternoon workshop and happy hour brings together start-ups, financiers, non-profits, academics and manufacturers for interactive panel sessions on issues surrounding global access to electricity. Aimed at professionals working on or interested in sustainable energy access in emerging economies, the workshop will encourage collaboration and debate, and will be followed by a happy hour event enabling participants to continue the discussion and share their work.
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U.S. Dept. of Defense Awards Fort Bragg Microgrid Project
June 16, 2014


The $3.4-million project is intended to help improve energy security and surety at Fort Bragg, N.C. The microgrid will use advanced controls to network new and existing backup generators on the U.S. Army post, and is the first application of this technology for a federal agency.
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Africaís Largest Self-Sufficient Solar Microgrid Project Created
June 7, 2014


The island-wide microgrid on Annobon Province, an island off Equatorial Guinea in west central Africa, will be designed to provide enough electricity to handle 100 percent of the islandís current energy demand and be the largest self-sufficient solar project on the continent of Africa.
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PEER Certification Initiative Launched
June 1, 2014


Developed by the Perfect Power Institute, a non-profit that aims to apply LEED-style grading to energy microgrids, the new Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) program is designed to implement best practices in system design and set the standard for consumer, municipal, and industrial electrical system performance.
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Microgrid Benchmark Survey
May 20, 2014


The microgrid landscape is changing fast and it can be difficult to cut through the noise to understand what is actually happening. To address this, Utility Dive is conducting a benchmark survey to understand the current thinking of energy professionals regarding the microgrid industry in 2014. Those who complete the five-minute survey will be given access to analysis of the results.
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Microgrid Alliance Forms to Give Collective Voice to Microgrid Industry
May 20, 2014


The Microgrid Alliance (MGA) recently formed with the aim of bringing together parties that want to accelerate the growth and development of microgrids. Founding members include General MicroGrids, Landis+Gyr, Homer Energy, Alstom, Enbala, EarthSpark International, ESTA International, and Green Energy Corp.
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Report Examines Microgrids in Asia Pacific
April 22, 2014


The market leaders for remote microgrids in Asia Pacific are India, Indonesia, and the Philippines because electrification enhancement is the top priority in these nations. Australia is another top proponent of remote microgrids due to its unique need for power supplies to off-grid or isolated mining sites. Navigant Research forecasts that annual grid-tied and remote microgrid capacity in the nine select countries will grow from 37.0 MW in 2013 to 597.3 MW by 2023 at a compound annual growth rate of 32.1%.
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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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