India’s first fully fledged multi-source microgrid was inaugurated earlier this month, just in time to supply power to ABB’s Automation and Power World (APW) global customer fair in New Delhi.
Powered by solar and wind, the microgrid is equipped with a battery bank for power storage and balancing, and can island or supplement the main grid. During the three-day APW event, the microgrid avoided more than 1,300 kg of carbon emissions.
Better yet, it can generate enough clean energy to power some 4,000 rural households. In India, nearly a quarter of the population lacks access to electricity.
“Using microgrid technology, India can not only light up its remote villages, in line with the government’s power-for-all program, but also decentralize generation and optimize power usage in remote industrial installations or urban complexes,” said ABB Group CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.
A reliable, clean power supply is imperative for India, where industries use 30 percent more energy than global benchmarks to manufacture a production unit.
During your next nighttime layover in Thailand, you’ll soon be able to take a spin around the Sky Lane — a 14.6-mile bike track at Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport where Aquion Energy batteries are helping to keep the lights on.
Each of the 800 solar-powered LED lights lining the track will include a solar panel to charge the battery during the day, and an Aquion S-Line Battery Stack to discharge stored energy during nighttime hours and periods of cloud cover.
Once installation is complete, Sky Lane’s estimated 14,000 cyclists per week will be able to use the facility during nighttime hours.
Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) batteries are particularly well-suited for Thailand’s hot and humid climate, and are some of the safest batteries in the world, according to the company. They contain no heavy metals or toxic chemicals, are non-flammable and non-explosive, and do not degrade from partial state-of-charge cycling — a common profile with solar-based systems.
Aquion batteries were also used as the storage component in a “live” hybrid AC/DC microgrid demonstration at Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, D.C. AHI batteries are optimized for daily deep cycling for residential solar, green architecture, off-grid and microgrid, energy management, and grid-scale applications.