Category: Distributed Energy Resources

Microgrids can be characterized as a strategic network of distributed energy resources (DER).  These include supply-side resources like solar PV, wind, diesel gensets, CHP plants, and energy storage.  Increasingly, microgrids are looking at demand-side DER to reduce the load.  This ‘negawatt’ approach reduces the need for energy storage and increases the amount of variable renewable energy the microgrid can handle.

Distributed Energy Resources present enormous opportunity, and can be put anywhere on a microgrid or utility grid. However, the utility grid is not designed to get value from DER.

20-Plus Million Bangladeshis Now Have Access to Clean, Affordable Home Solar

20-Plus Million Bangladeshis Now Have Access to Clean, Affordable Home Solar

Driven primarily by rapid deployment of small-scale, off-grid home solar PV-energy storage systems, access to electricity in Bangladesh has risen from 47% to 80% since 2009.

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Episcopalian, Methodist Churches Plow $60MM into Developing World Off-Grid Solar

Episcopalian, Methodist Churches Plow $60MM into Developing World Off-Grid Solar

The Church Pension Fund and Wespath Benefits and Investments have invested $60 million ($30 million each) in Developing World Markets’ (DWM) landmark $60.8 million ORCA (Off-grid ...

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California Cleantech Startup Readies U.S. Launch of Blockchain-based EV/E-Mobility Digital Wallet

California Cleantech Startup Readies U.S. Launch of Blockchain-based EV/E-Mobility Digital Wallet

Oxygen Initiative and Germany's Innogy SE are adapting the Share&Charge e-mobility payments solution for use in the U.S., a bid that may spur uptake of EVs and hasten the ...

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Commissioning of Multi-Platform Solar-Storage Microgrid Under Way on Sardinia

Commissioning of Multi-Platform Solar-Storage Microgrid Under Way on Sardinia

Designed and built by Electro Power System and partner FZSoNick for Sardinia's water management agency, the hybidized microgrid integrates concentrating solar thermal and ...

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MTN, Lumos Global Expect to Empower 1 Million Nigerians with Launch of Mobile Electricity Service

MTN, Lumos Global Expect to Empower 1 Million Nigerians with Launch of Mobile Electricity Service

The advent of off-grid, mobile pay-go household solar energy systems is producing amazing results in a growing range of Sub-Saharan nations. The MTN-Lumos partnership serves as a ...

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USAID Adds Momentum to Sub-Saharan Off-Grid Solar with $4 Million of New SOGE Grant Awards

USAID Adds Momentum to Sub-Saharan Off-Grid Solar with $4 Million of New SOGE Grant Awards

USAID will award Scaling Off-Grid Energy Development Grand Challenge grants of up to $500,000 each to Sub-Saharan start-ups that demonstrate commercially promising innovations and ...

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BTL, Wien Energie to Launch Pilot Blockchain Energy Trading Platform

BTL, Wien Energie to Launch Pilot Blockchain Energy Trading Platform

The project partners aim to demonstrate how BTL's Interbit can be used to streamline notoriously cumbersome energy/power industry transaction processing and book-keeping and ...

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Ugandan Off-Grid Solar, Low-Cost Internet Access Poised for a Growth Spurt

Ugandan Off-Grid Solar, Low-Cost Internet Access Poised for a Growth Spurt

Uganda's national off-grid solar and renewable power iniative brightens prospects for the economy, society and the environment. Entrepreneurial African solar start-ups are keen to ...

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Hybridized Maldives Microgrid Exceeds Expectations, Diesel Cuts 50 Percent Greater than Projected

Hybridized Maldives Microgrid Exceeds Expectations, Diesel Cuts 50 Percent Greater than Projected

Two hybridized solar PV-energy storage microgrids commissioned by Electro Power Systems (EPS) are up and running in the Maldives, part and parcel of efforts to reduce local ...

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New Solar Cells, Supercapacitors, Blockchain Apps Expected to Drive Renewable Power Costs Down Further

New Solar Cells, Supercapacitors, Blockchain Apps Expected to Drive Renewable Power Costs Down Further

Renewable power generation is now cost competitive with fossil fuels, and industry participants foresee further gains ahead in light of ongoing technological innovation, efforts ...

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