March 8 (Renewables Now) - Swiss-based power and automation group ABB Ltd (VTX:ABBN) will provide microgrids and energy storage capacity to two villages in northern Alaska to help increase the use of wind power.
The company said on Wednesday it will deliver its advanced modular automated “plug-and-play” microgrid solution along with the PowerStore storage technology to the communities of Deering and Buckland. The two villages have populations of 200 and 400 people, mostly indigenous Inupiaq people, who are highly reliant on diesel fuel.
ABB noted that many rural Arctic communities have turned to renewables to meet power needs but some of the wind farms there have been underutilised due to the intermittency of generation.
The incorporation of renewables will help the Deering and Buckland communities cut costs and meet the target of local utility NANA Regional Corp Inc to reduce dependence on imported diesel fuel by up to 75% by 2030.
“The deployment of these innovative microgrid solutions will enhance the integration of renewable energy and enable a stronger, smarter and greener grid in these remote parts of Alaska,” said Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s grid automation business.