Microgrids, promising energy self-reliance for communities, are growing in popularity as they become more affordable.

Originally published on The Guardian, Thursday, August 17, 2017. Residents of a social housing complex in Brooklyn, New York, can’t stop another tempest like Superstorm Sandy from crashing through their city, but they can feel secure that it won’t cause a power cut. In June, the 625-unit Marcus Garvey Village cut the ribbon on its very own microgrid, a localised network of electricity production and control. Rooftop solar panels produce clean power when the sun is up; a fuel cell takes in natural gas and churns out a steady current all day; when it’s more valuable to save the electricity for later, the largest lithium-ion battery system on New York City’s grid does just

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Enel acquires Us-based energy storage software and project developer demand energy

Enel, via renewables subsidiary EGPNA, has acquired a 100 percent stake in Demand Energy, an intelligent control software provider, project developer and operator specialising in battery storage optimisation  Enel will work with Demand Energy to expand the use of the company’s DEN.OS energy management software, which enables real-time optimisation of storage systems Enel S.p.A. (“Enel”), through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”), has acquired a 100 percent stake in Demand Energy Networks, Inc. (“Demand Energy”), a US-based company specialised in intelligent software and energy storage systems. Enel will work with Demand Energy, which has established itself as a leader in the New York City storage market, delivering

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