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Early Bird Discount Registration Still Open for Microgrid Deployment Workshop, Barcelona

20% off Early Bird registration for the Microgrid Deployment Workshop, September 22-23, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, is available through August 25. The two-day program takes a careful look at key microgrid case studies, system planning and analysis, and deployment issues. The focus is on determining the correct mix of technology options for maximizing the microgrid business model and integration of renewable energy sources. Half of Day 2 is devoted to in-depth HOMER software training. Space is limited so be sure to register today and take advantage of Early Bird pricing!

New Survey Examines Views of U.S. Utilities on Microgrids

According to a recent survey conducted by Utility Dive of 265 U.S. electric utility and independent power producer executives, an overwhelming 97% of respondents see microgrids as a business opportunity for them over the next decade. More than half of utilities surveyed see themselves in the microgrid market even earlier - within five years. view survey results

Gildemeister's CellCube Included In HOMER Software

"With Navigant Research predicting the dramatic growth of all microgrid segments in the next decade, particularly the remote and island microgrid sector, we are very excited that the current HOMER user base as well as our future customers will have access to this powerful design and modeling tool for the CellCube system," said Bill Radvak, President and CEO of American Vanadium. American Vanadium is the North American distributor of the Gildemeister battery. more

To download the new batteries for use in HOMER, click here.

EMerge Alliance Expands DC Power Initiative to South Asia

According to EMerge Alliance President Brian Patterson, the expansion of the group's DC power initiative into South Asia will help bring reliable power to countries with known power stability issues to prevent the high occurrence of interrupted supply from affecting commercial, industrial and residential users of electricity. more

HOMER to Model Advanced Inverter Technology in Solar-Plus-Storage for Boulder, Colorado

HOMER Energy returns to their hometown roots of Boulder, Colorado as part of a team that will model and develop two state of the art solar plus storage microgrids. The team, led by Evolution7 Labs, was one of six selected by the City of Boulder as part their "Energy Challenge" competition. The projects will feature the Heart Transverter, which has advanced controls allowing systems to operate autonomously. more

New York Allocates $3.3 Million to Improve Grid Resiliency

Funded projects include the use of radar in real-time response for restoration of electric utility systems, the design of a resilient underground microgrid, and the use of computer vision to analyze pictures of electric distribution problems more

HOMER Energy CEO to Speak in Microgrids Virtual Summit 2014

Dr. Peter Lilienthal will be discussing the differences and similarities of the two main categories of off-grid microgrids -- Island Grids and Village Power mini-grids -- in the 3rd Annual Microgrids Virtual Summit on Thursday, August 14, 2014. The one-day, 100% online event will examine business models, enabling technologies, and architecture alternatives for microgrids worldwide. Other speakers include Princeton Power Systems, Navigant Research, IPERC, ChargeBliss, Nextek Power, The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, and Solar Design Associates. Enter discount code "HOMER" when registering for 20% off.

Case Study
Challenges to Financing Microgrids (and other small projects)

The International Finance Corporation is the arm of the World Bank Group that finances private sector activity in emerging markets. This presentation by IFC's Sean Whittaker, P.Eng, discusses what sectors the bank is interested in (and why), how to address risk factors and reduce transaction costs, and briefly considers the case study of BUC, island electrification, Nigeria. download presentation

Innovation Center Aims to Make Milwaukee a Global Energy Hub

"Having these new resources right here in Milwaukee, where UWM's microgrid testbed is just getting under way, offers tremendous potential, especially for industries in Wisconsin, to get in on the ground floor of a profitable emerging market in distributed energy systems. We are excited about the work ahead," says Brett Peters, Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's College of Engineering & Applied Science. more

Call for Microgrid Deployment Workshop Hosts

HOMER Energy is looking to host future Microgrid Deployment Workshops in 2015. Our target locations are Australia, India, Malaysia, the Phillippines, Central or South America, northeastern United States, western Africa, southern Africa, or other locations where there is growing interest in microgrids and a concentration of users interested in learning and sharing about HOMER. Event hosts will need to have access to or information on local venues that can provide room for about 100 attendees plus catering services. If interested in helping host an event, contact Daniel Coran, Program Manager, at +1-815-310-3343 or

Save the Date: Webinar
Managing the Impact of Partial State of Charge (PSOC) in Cycling Batteries in Solar Microgrids

Partial state of charge is a critical issue in the design and management of solar microgrids. HOMER Energy joins market partner Trojan Battery Company for an educational webinar on September 2nd, at 9 AM PDT (1600 GMT), followed by live questions and answers, on the ways microgrid integrators can develop top-performing systems using HOMER simulations and Trojan industrial batteries with Smart Carbon technology.

Meet HOMER Energy at the Following Live and Online Events:

  • 3rd Annual Microgrids Virtual Summit -- August 14, 2014 -- 100% online
    (enter code "HOMER" when registering for an additional 20% off)

  • Introduction to HOMER Modeling Software -- August 26 and 28, 2014 -- 100% online

  • Microgrid Deployment Workshop: Fall 2014 -- September 22-23, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain

  • HOMER Energy Preferred Partners:

    ABB Microgrid Solutions
    Schneider Electric
    Trojan Battery
    American Vanadium
    Discover Energy
    GoSol Power
    Shipstone Energy Storage
    Sustainable Power Systems

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