Microgrids are being developed in mature industrial markets such as the U.S. to provide premium, high quality clean power to a broad array of customer segments, even more dramatic creativity is occurring on the business model front in developing world markets such as India, Africa and Iraq. Here are three companies moving the needle in terms of technological advances fueling new creative ways to control, finance and implement microgrids.
The first company is SimpliPhi, which got its start in 2002 developing off-grid portable power systems for Warner Brothers and Disney film shoots. The company’s portable power units – “libertypaks” - were used in locations as diverse as the Amazon and New York City. The company then found a home for its technology for the Marine Corp. in forward operating bases in Afghanistan and Iraq, relying upon lead acid batteries and diesel generators, optimized to reduce fuel consumption and save lives.Read More