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CancĂșn Workshop to Examine Key Microgrid Opportunities

HOMER Energy's Microgrid Deployment Workshop, scheduled for November 8-9, 2013 in CancĂșn, Mexico, will examine technology advances and best practices for deploying microgrids in remote, island, and off-grid environments. Co-located with the Solar World Congress 2013, the two-day Workshop will focus on microgrid market dynamics, advances in controls and management, energy storage applications, project financing and procurement, construction / operation strategies, and more.

Day 1 will feature business and technology experts from a range of industry-leading organizations, while user case studies on Day 2 will give attendees valuable insight into better utilization of the HOMER software for hybrid energy systems design. For full information, visit the event website. 25% off Early Bird registration discount is good thru October 20.

On the Road with Peter Lilienthal

Dr. Peter Lilienthal, HOMER Energy's CEO, will be speaking at the following upcoming events. Be sure to let us know if you'll be attending too and would like to set an appointment:

  • The Renewable Energy and Mining Summit, September 25-26, 2013 in Toronto

  • The Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum, October 9-11, 2013 in Aruba

  • The Microgrid Global Summit March 25-28, 2014 in Irvine, CA

  • October Training Institute Coming Up

    Attending a HOMER Training Institute is the best way to jumpstart your HOMER knowledge and expertise. Join other HOMER students in Boulder, Colorado, October 17-18 2013, and learn HOMER from the pros. Beginning and intermediate-advanced options are available. To learn more click here.


    Industry Updates

    Executive Perspective: Grid Resiliency and the Role of Microgrids

    How big is the microgrid trend? "It's probably going to be bigger than most of us think today," says Andrew Bennett, Senior Vice President of Infrastructure at Schneider Electric. "In three to five years, it will not be uncommon for people to participate in grids that are managed by subsidiaries or third parties apart from their traditional utility." [more]

    Navy Tests Fuel Cell For Diesel Generator Replacement

    The Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently demonstrated a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system that saved 44% in fuel while delivering similar power as that of a comparable military diesel generator used in the field. While the demonstration project is seeking a diesel generator replacement, there is also significant benefits to microgrid architectures which work in tandem with diesel generators. [more]

    SwRI Deploys Novel Vehicle-To-Grid Aggregation System

    "Aggregating the fleet of vehicles using software control algorithms allows the microgrid to see the electric vehicles as a single energy resource," says Sean Mitchem, project manager and a principal analyst in Southwest Research Institute's Automation and Data Systems Division. "Reactive power management allows chargers to absorb or inject power to better manage energy resources, particularly variable energy produced by a solar energy array." [more]

    Study to Look at Possible Microgrid for New Jersey Transit System

    The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced a $1 million grant for a six-month study that will focus on the possibility of deploying a microgrid for New Jersey Transit's train system. Federal and state governments are partnering with Sandia National Laboratories, a microgrid designer for the military, on a conceptual design. [more]

    Report Focuses on Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Stragety

    New Jersey is considering an energy finance program and exploring how facilities funded by the program could serve as primary hubs for microgrids, distributed generation, smart grid technologies, and energy storage. With assistance from DOE, the State is also exploring ways to create markets that value energy reliability. These innovative structures have the potential to unlock value from resilience beyond what is reaped in the event of a disaster. [download report]

    New Nickel Iron Battery Shows Promise For Microgrid Applications

    Encell Technology notes that when energy available over the entire cycle life of a battery is considered, the NiFe product cost is one-tenth that of a lead acid battery with similar name plate capacity. Also, batteries in microgrid applications are frequently cycled and may undergo deep-discharge cycles, reducing VRLA battery life. [more]

    Microgrids For Promoting Renewable Energy Integration in India

    According to this recent Greenpeace report, the energy shortage is most acute among India's rural poor and in states such as Bihar, where more than 80% of the population still live in rural areas and where the majority rely on conventional and traditional fuels for their energy needs. The report includes several scenarios in which the HOMER software was used to model optimal hybrid energy configurations for off-grid rural areas. [download report]

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