Microgrids Grow Popular for Storm Resilience in Cities

Microgrids Grow Popular for Storm Resilience in Cities

The aftermath of hurricanes sweeping the United States is spurring interest in new microgrid development among city officials, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. As a result, localized power grids that can function independently from the main grid are rising in popularity. As Ellen Shenette, … Read more…

Elon Musk Talks Tesla Batteries for Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s Grid

Elon Musk Talks Tesla Batteries for Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s Grid

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló are currently in talks about deploying utility-scale battery systems along with solar capacity to rebuild the island’s power grid, which was decimated last month by Hurricane Maria. The nearly Category 5 storm made landfall on … Read more…

Hurricane Irma Cuts Power to Millions of Customers

Hurricane Irma Cuts Power to Millions of Customers

Hurricane Irma battered Florida over the weekend with heavy rain, storm surges, extreme wind, and possibly even tornadoes. As of 7 pm Eastern Time on Sunday, more than 3.2 million customers in the state were without power, Edison Electric Institute president Tom Kuhn said in … Read more…

World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Battery from Tesla Will Keep Electricity Flowing in South Australia

World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Battery from Tesla Will Keep Electricity Flowing in South Australia

Businesses in South Australia may find themselves plagued by fewer weather-caused blackout issues, now that Tesla has won a government bid to build what would be the world’s largest lithium-ion battery. Tesla says the 100-megawatt energy storage solution will be completed by December, 2017. The … Read more…

DoD Tests Energy Continuity with ‘Islanded’ Microgrid

DoD Tests Energy Continuity with ‘Islanded’ Microgrid

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on April 4 that it planned to conduct a microgrid demonstration under the auspices of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) at Fort Custer Training Center in Augusta, Michigan, often used by the National Guard.

Sonoma Vineyard Seeks Self-Sufficiency with Multi-Renewable Microgrid and Storage

Stone Edge Farm, a spa and vineyard in Sonoma, California, announced the selection of Emerson Automation Solutions on January 24 to provide efficient and reliable operation of its new microgrid – which Stone Edge describes as “a self-sufficient energy production and distribution facility relying on diverse sources of electricity, including solar power, wind power, hydrogen power, and advanced storage battery technology.”

Jacobs Selected for Pioneering New Jersey Rail Microgrid Project

New Jersey Transit – which operates 12 rail lines in the Garden State and provides nearly 223 million passenger trips each year – announced on January 3 that it had selected Jacobs Engineering Group to provide design and general engineering services for the agency’s $577 million microgrid project – the first of its kind nationwide.

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