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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Why Microgrid Technology Matters

by Paul Ruggiero on November 8, 2016 at 12:29 PM

Microgrids are more than just a cool concept. 

Last week, we talked about microgrids: what they are and how they are designed. Now let's take a look at why this technology matters. 
 
Adding energy storage to microgrids makes them--and the homes and businesses they service--more energy independent and resilient. O’Brien & Gere, an environmental engineering and services firm, summarizes the potential impact of small, local power grids on the aging power infrastructure of the United States.
 
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Microgrids 101

by Paul Ruggiero on November 4, 2016 at 2:32 PM

Maybe you’ve heard the word “microgrid” tossed around the office break room or at happy hour— or maybe that’s just at Aquion.

You’ve certainly run across the term elsewhere on our blog. Microgrids are increasingly challenging the hegemony of the traditional, centralized power grid, which fires up massive power plants, shoots high-voltage electricity hundreds of miles, and squeezes it through tangled webs of sub-stations, transformers, and utility poles and finally into your blender so you can have a delicious smoothie.

So what is a microgrid? And what about those nanogrids? Read on.

 

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What You Need to Know About the Future of Microgrids

by Aquion Team Member on October 24, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Our blog has always had a focus on microgrids. We’ve looked at why energy storage and microgrids are a natural fit. We’ve also given you some insights into the big markets for microgrids today.

Now,  we’re going to look at the future of microgrids. Where will new microgrid markets emerge over the next five years? Which markets are going to explode? What challenges do microgrids face? How much growth will we see in microgrid installations?

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Alpha Omega Winery Surges Ahead with New Solar and Energy Storage Microgrid

by Elizabeth Pond on October 20, 2016 at 12:43 PM

-PRESS RELEASE-

System marks the largest commercial microgrid system for a Napa Valley winery and in the entired PG&E utility service territory. 

RUTHERFORD, Calif. (October 19, 2016) – Alpha Omega, a family-owned winery in the Rutherford Bench area of Napa Valley, announced today that it has placed into operation a 400 kilowatt (kW) solar and 580 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery microgrid system that includes a first-of-its kind, fully integrated solar and battery facility back-up power system. This groundbreaking microgrid system, which encompasses solar power generation, energy storage and demand management, is the largest commercial microgrid system to date for a Napa Valley winery and in all of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California, according to renewable energy developer Blue Sky Utility, which handled the project.

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