Heila News

A New Approach To Microgrids Passes Key Hurdle In New Mexico


Feb 28, 2020

By Peter Asmus

Meeting the demand for electricity in 2020 is a global conundrum. The customer loads served by today’s alternating current (AC) power grid infrastructure built up over the past 100 years are more often than not natively direct current (DC) due to the proliferation of plug loads. These include computers and mobile devices as well as LED lighting and new and more efficient appliances. According to some estimates, as much as 80% of demand for electricity in residential and commercial and structures are natively DC.

The pilot project, developed by Emera Technologies in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories and Helia Technologies is a glimpse into what a future sustainable and resilient power system could look like. The Heila Technologies partnership is an open source microgrid control platform nurtured at the Stone Edge Farm in Sonoma County, California.

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Microgrids: The future of business and farming

The Weekly Calistogan

February 26, 2020

By Tim Carl and Mackenzie Carl

When power went out in Northern California during PG&E’s series of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) last fall, thousands of households and businesses went dark. But a few kept their lights on – those with generators, and other sources of stored power, like the self-contained microgrid owned by Mac McQuown.

McQuown was ready for the moment the power went off. When it happened, he reached for his phone and pressed a few buttons. Seconds later, the lights sprang back to life.

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All-electric homes offer a prototype for low-carbon housing in Colorado

Energy News Network

October 17, 2019

By Allen Best

The Basalt Vista housing project in Basalt, Colorado is eschewing natural gas to reduce its consumption of fossil fuels, making a bold statement about future energy use. Instead, using electricity, the development is focused on relying on renewable energy sources, expecting to be 70% renewable by 2021 and has plans to go even higher. The Heila controllers are a huge part of this effort and Heila is using the site as a pilot project to demonstrate how granular its control systems can be.

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A household-scale virtual power plant has arrived

pv magazine

August 15, 2019

By William Driscoll

Household Virtual Power PlantHow Colorado’s Holy Cross Energy is working toward 70% clean energy in 2030 by piloting a household-scale virtual powerplant technology to integrate rooftop solar and storage using Heila EDGE.

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Heila Technologies Receives State Award Through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Innovate Mass Program

Wicked Local Sommerville

January 11, 2019

Greentown Labs SignAs a proud recipient of the InnovateMass Award, Heila Technologies received $249,052 to support its peer-to-peer, distributed energy resources optimization framework for microgrid applications. Heila’s goal is to use this funding to help accelerate the adoption of clean energy at the grid’s edge by developing new control and optimization technologies.

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How to Build a Microgrid in a Day

Microgrid Knowledge

May 7, 2018

Craig Wooster and Jorge Elizondo

In this presentation from the Microgrid 2018 Conference, Craig Wooster, project manager and general contractor for the Stone Edge Farm Microgrid Project, and Jorge Elizondo, co-founder of Heila Technologies, discuss this leading-edge Microgrid Project and the critical role of the Heila iq platform in its success.

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Stone Edge Farm Winery Looks to a Hydrogen-Powered Future

Environment + Energy Leader

February 26, 2018

by Alyssa Danigelis

Craig WoosterIn this overview of the Stone Edge Farm Estate and Winery Microgrid, Mac McQuown discusses his vision for the Stone Edge Farm Microgrid, and the first true test of the microgrid: the 2017 Sonoma wildfires. It was through this test that Heila co-founder Jorge Elizondo further developed the vision for the company.

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How smarter microgrids can boost clean energy

Yale Climate Connections

March 17, 2017

By Eileen Mignoni

Berkeley Lab Microgrid SchematicHeila Technologies’ Jorge Elizondo comments on the possibilities of making microgrids simpler and more affordable and adding more clean energy to the nation’s energy mix. Using a device like the Heila iQ eliminates the need for expert installation and customization.

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Cleantech University Prize Highlights Next Generation of Clean Energy Innovators

United States Department of Energy

June 23, 2016

Heila Technologies won the 2016 Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP) National Competition in 2016. Heila won for its universal control hub that automatically monitors and manages disparate microgrids. In addition to the $50,000 award, they also received a voucher to access facilities and capabilities at the world-class National Labs.

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MIT team’s “brain” for microgrids wins Clean Energy Prize

MIT News

May 2, 2016

By Rob Matheson

The Heila Technologies team, made up of MIT students and alumni, won the MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) competition in 2016 for creating the “brain” for microgrids, making the systems more efficient and easier to own and operate. This prize was awarded early in Heila’s development, as they were working with the Stone Edge Farm Microgrid Project to pilot the Heila controller.

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