Current and Future Trends of Microgrid Systems

by Claire Juozitis on December 9, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Microgrid systems are a frequent topic of conversation in the energy storage community.

This blog has discussed what exactly microgrids are, and more specifically about remote telecom microgrids going green and ditching diesel. Of course, we also like to talk about our favorite microgrid projects, like an organic winery in California, an ecotourism lodge in Kenya, and an installation at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

If you’re not in the solar or energy storage industry, this may sound a bit like shop talk. But with microgrid investments increasing faster than ever and stories like Tesla’s 100% solar island microgrid in American Samoa making international headlines, it’s clear that the microgrid conversation is bigger than us. Microgrids are becoming a widely used solution around the world, providing reliable electricity to remote and developing areas, and helping to combat climate change.

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In the News: November 2016 Highlights

by Claire Juozitis on December 6, 2016 at 12:02 PM

AQUION ENERGY IN THE NEWS

Another month has passed and we have another highlights reel of energy storage news! We continued to be a top pick for solar products and projects and have been planning some global tradshows. 

Of course, our blog was buzzing, too! Check out some of our favorite posts from the past month: 

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Why Storage? Part 3: Time of Use Optimization

by Matt Maroon on November 29, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Energy storage can do a number of jobs when connected to a solar-enabled residence. 

We’ve already outlined some of the benefits of energy storage when it comes to maximizing solar usage— self-consumption, backup power during  outages, and islanding (increased autonomy).  Another useful application is time of use optimization. For the homeowner, this means using energy from your batteries when variable rates for grid power are high due to increased demand based on time of day/year. Batteries can be charged from the grid overnight when power is cheapest and then, for example, used to power your AC at the hottest (and most expensive) time of day. But, time of use optimization has other major advantages. Did you know that energy storage, even when installed at private residences, can contribute to solving larger grid and environmental issues?  

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Guest Feature: Off-Grid Residential System in Branson, Missouri

by David Ewing on November 23, 2016 at 2:44 PM

 Aquion Energy’s saltwater battery has gotten a lot of press in the last couple of years for its unique technology, but I think it deserves even more.

I'm just your average homeowner myself, but I've been following solar technology for years wondering when it would be viable for the general public to start generating and consuming our own power instead buying it all from the grid.

In the past, lack of energy storage was always the downfall for off-grid systems: from small residential to commercial microgrids and nanogrids. There were some options available for large-scale commercial projects like flow battery technology, but those were too expensive for normal homes. Available products for residential customers have still been fairly limited, despite the demand and market growth for energy storage. Compatibility with different inverters and charge controllers has also been an issue.

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Why Storage? Part 2: Backup Power & Islanding

by Chris Rigatti on November 17, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Power outages are surprisingly common for homeowners in the US.

This is especially true in densely populated states like California, Texas and New York.  For instance, California alone had over 400 outages in 2015, and nationwide over 13 million people were affected by blackouts lasting an hour or more.

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