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Registration Open for HOMER Energy's Microgrid Deployment Forum 2013

The speaker roster is currently being finalized for the Microgrid Deployment Forum, November 8-9, 2013 in Cancun, Mexico. The two-day event will examine the business models, optimal technology mix, and critical steps for successfully deploying microgrid systems in remote, island, and off-grid environments.

Co-located with the Solar World Congress 2013, organized by the International Solar Energy Society, Day One of the Deployment Forum will consist of a series of panel sessions focused on the business and technology issues surrounding successful microgrid deployment. Day Two will be devoted to a hands-on training workshop featuring the HOMER software, as well as presentation of user case studies. For full information and to register, visit the event website. Super Early Bird rates are good thru August 23.

HOMER CEO To Speak in Distributed Generation Virtual Summit

Dr. Peter Lilienthal will be speaking in the 2nd annual Distributed Generation Virtual Summit on Thursday, August 22, on "Hybrid Renewable Distributed Generation Systems: What We Can Learn From Islanded Systems". Organized by the Smart Grid Observer, the event is 100% online and also features speakers from GE Energy, Battelle, Schneider Electric, and Modern Grid Solutions. HOMER constituents will receive a 15% discount by entering the special code "HOMER" when registering.

Additionally, Dr. Lilienthal will be speaking in the following upcoming events:

Be sure to catch up with Peter at one of these events!

HOMER Energy Seeks Chief Technology Officer

HOMER Energy seeks a Chief Technology Officer to lead our software development and manage the IT infrastructure of our growing company. Our staff size has approximately doubled each year, with an increasing portion of revenue coming from software customization. This is an exciting and challenging position for someone with a proven track record of commercial software development along with team leadership and management. To learn more click here.

October Training Institute Coming Up

HOMER Energy will hold a Training Institute at their headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, October 17-18. Participants may sign up for 1 or 2 days depending on their training needs. To learn more click here.

HOMER Tip: Importing Your Own Wind and Solar Data

HOMER allows users to import their own time-series wind and solar resource data. This can be an alternative to using HOMER to generate resource data by inputting monthly average values.

HOMER requires imported resource data files to be formatted as single column of values, one for each time step. If you have hourly data, make sure your file has 8760 data values, one for each hour of the year. HOMER can import different timesteps, for example 15-minute data (35040 data values for a year) or 1-minute data (525600 data values for a year).

When importing wind resource, the file must be a text file (.txt) or a wind file (.wnd). When importing solar resource, the file can be Typical Metereological Year (.tm2, available from NREL), HOMER solar file (.sol), or .txt format.

To import a resource data file from either the Wind Resource Inputs or Solar Resource Inputs windows, select the radio button labeled Import time series data file under Data Resource. Then, click the Import File button.

Then, navigate to your desired resource file and select it. After you select the file, HOMER will populate the window with average monthly values and other sttistics derived from the data file.

When importing wind resource data, it is important to specify the altitude and anemometer height at which the wind speed values were measured. When importing solar resource data, it is important to specify the appropriate latitude and timezone. These values affect the power output of your wind turbine(s) and solar PV.

Industry Updates

Connecticut To Spend $18 Million on Nine Microgrid Projects

The nine systems are spread across the state, and three are at universities: the University of Connecticut, the University of Hartford, and Wesleyan University. Funding for the projects -- laid out by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's storm bill passed in June 2012 -- covers the costs of hooking up the systems, not the power plants or generators. The governor's budget for the next two years provides an additional $30 million for other microgrid projects. [more]

Grid-Tied Installations Dominate 2018's $2.7 Billion Solar/Storage Installation Market

According to a new report from Lux Research, grid-tied installations of combined solar and storage will account for the vast majority of the total 681 MW installed in 2018 (at 675 MW). Telecom will be the greatest off-grid application, with microgrids trailing -- but in this niche, developers and suppliers will be able to defend higher profit margins in the face of high diesel fuel prices. [more]

Directions For The World Bank Group's Energy Sector

This recent report outlines the World Bank's approach for the global energy sector. The strategy mirrors the objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative -- achieving universal access, accelerating improvements in energy efficiency, and doubling the global share of renewable energy by 2030. For electricity, grid, mini-grid, and off-grid solutions are all seen as needed. They are not mutually exclusive and can be implemented in parallel or, under specific conditions, in sequence. [more]

Update: U.S. Dept. of Defense's SPIDERS Project

"In conversations with DoD authorities it slowly becomes apparent that non-technical issues remain the major impediment to deploying microgrids," says Mr. Harold Sanborn, Program Manager at Construction Engineering Research Lab, US Army and technical manager for the SPIDERS Joint Capability Technology Demonstration. "Whether it's 'zero capital cost' or understandings at the operations and maintenance level of military installations, the constriction of applying new technologies on existing infrastructure is artificially drawn by existing lanes well grooved in the road." [more]

Launch of Veriown Energy and Innovation Center

Focused on the commercial and institutional market, Veriown plans to offer businesses, universities, governments and other institutions on-site distributed solar and distributed energy services - including microgrid systesms -- to allow its clients to lock in predictable energy rates with little to no capital expense. One such customer is the University of the Virgin Islands. [more]

Project Profile: Illinois Institute of Technology's Microgrid

The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) current on-campus generation is mostly natural gas powered turbines with 9 MW of capacity. The college has 140 kW of rooftop solar on one building and a small wind turbine used mostly for educational purposes. The campus also incorporates 500 kWh of flow batteries for energy storage, and the goal is to transition to more renewables long term. [more]

Microgrids Market Forecast, 2012-2018

According to a new report by Transparency Market Research, factors such as increasing demand and cost of energy -- along with aging energy infrastructures -- are driving the microgrid market globally. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.7% during the 2012-2018 period. With advantages such as fewer line losses, lower demand of infrastructure and the ability to rely on more localized sources of power generation, microgrids are gaining popularity in commercial, military and industrial sectors. [more]

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