Microgrids are everywhere from airports to military bases to remote communities, and the microgrid market is predicted to rise to $35.1 billion by 2020 (Transparency Market Research, 2016). Alaska is home to more than 200 small community microgrids and approximately 12% of the developed microgrids in the world. These remote communities, specifically the local utilities, are very interested in the integration of new technologies so that the contributions of renewable energies in their systems can be increased and the use of expensive diesel fuel decreased. Private companies and other solution developers have an interest in confirming that their technology can operate efficiently in remote areas, cold weather, and harsh conditions.
To address these needs, the Alaska Center for Microgrid Technologies Commercialization has launched a competition for companies who want to improve their technology for use in remote and/or austere microgrid environments.
Through this competition, ACEP will provide services valued up to $308,000 to companies who are interested in R&D support to accelerate commercialization for products intended to improve operation and technical efficiency of microgrids.