Schatz Energy Research Center

Category - Microgrids

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Blue Lake Rancheria microgrid battery expansion

The Blue Lake Rancheria’s main campus microgrid currently has a 500 kW battery system with an energy storage capacity of 950 kWh. We are in the process of integrating a new 634 kW / 1,014 kWh battery storage system into...

Solar+ systems and wildfire solutions

The Solar+ project at the Blue Lake Rancheria (BLR) is fast approaching completion. This summer, we are working closely with the BLR and with our project partners at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to connect the...

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The future of energy

Wired magazine recently visited the Blue Lake Rancheria and the Schatz Center to learn how microgrid systems create energy security during natural disasters. Reporter Matt Simon compares the Rancheria’s microgrids...

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EPIC Symposium 2019: a field report

I presented at the California Energy Commission’s EPIC Symposium in Sacramento last Tuesday. The conference gathered energy policy and technology professionals from across California, with a thousand people in...

Tanya Garcia unpacks a solar module in the Schatz courtyard.

Student research developments: summer 2018

This summer, thirteen students contributed to Schatz Center research projects in smart grids, bioenergy, wind, and off-grid energy access. SMART GRIDS Craig Mitchell provided construction observation at the Solar+...

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