The Electrification of Transportation

| What do you get when you put microgrid developers, policy experts, and electrical engineers in a room together? An exhilarating experience. This year’s HOMER International Microgrid Conference brought together energy experts from 17 different countries to exchange case studies, share technical presentations, and to map out the future path of microgrid development. One particularly insightful ... READ MORE

Schneider Electric Microgrid to Service Long Beach, California Community by Creating Energy Resilience at Port

| The microgrid will bolster energy resilience through islanding and distributed energy resource (DER) integration Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced an agreement to design, engineer and build a new microgrid that will enable critical energy resilience at the Port of Long Beach in the city ... READ MORE

Providing Reliable Power for Syracuse University’s Green Data Center

| Microgrids encompass a wide range of technologies and applications. However, one common thread is the objective to maintain reliable power using multiple power sources. One example of this is an application that Capstone Turbine Corporation developed for a new green data center at Syracuse University in New York State. An objective for the Green Data ... READ MORE

Going with the Flow

| In recent years, tidal power has emerged as a source of renewable energy. Tidal energy is more expensive than traditional resources such as wind energy. However, tidal energy is clean, pollution-free, reliable, and predictable. The major downside is the potential for environmental change, such as damage to marine or shoreline ecosystems—and especially to their fish ... READ MORE

Renewables and Resilience

| North Carolina receives 4.6% of its electricity from solar farms. The state is second only to California for installed solar capacity. And in the face of weather events, it appears that solar generation may have enhanced its resiliency. When Hurricane Florence made landfall on September 14, the storm’s torrential rains and severe winds wreaked havoc on ... READ MORE

A Golden Sandwich

| Gold is an extraordinary element. Its illuminating luster has, throughout history, been associated with prestige and opulence. Homer, in The Illiad and The Odyssey, referred to gold as the “glory of immortals and a sign of wealth among ordinary people.” Chemically, gold is a transition metal known for its malleability and low reactivity. Recently, scientists ... READ MORE

SB 1339: Supporting Standards that Advance the Microgrid Industry

| If signed by Governor Brown and properly implemented by regulators, SB 1339, California’s microgrid bill, will provide a much-needed venue for creating standards that advance the microgrid industry, with promising implications for onsite renewables-driven energy resilience and value streams for behind-the-meter microgrid owners. However, if regulators catch the spirit of boldness and innovation that appears ... READ MORE

Green Goals for the Golden State

| California has taken steps on the path to clean energy lately. Last week, the state Assembly passed legislation that would set a target to eliminate carbon emissions from California’s energy generation profile. If signed into law by Governor Brown, the bill, S.B. 100, creates a clean energy goal, mandating that 100% of retail energy sales ... READ MORE

Stacking Blocks

| The science is simple. Lifting mass against gravity stores energy that can be released when the mass falls. An innovative energy storage system is putting that science to work today with cranes and concrete blocks. The Energy Vault system, developed by entrepreneur Bill Gross and Swiss inventor Andrea Pedretti, can store a total of 20 ... READ MORE