Alstom wins DOE funding to advance microgrid work in Philadelphia

Wed, 2014-10-29 06:00 -- SCC Staff

Alstom has won a $1.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to improve grid resiliency through the advancement of microgrid technology. In partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department and Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation, PIDC, Council Lead Partner Alstom will research and design a community microgrid system.

A demonstration will be implemented at The Navy Yard, the 1,200-acre former naval shipyard, now transformed into a progressive and modern business campus with more than 145 companies in the office, industrial, and R&D sectors occupying more than 6.5 million square feet of space. PIDC is the master developer of The Navy Yard. Once complete, portions of the campus will be self-sufficient in generating, managing and storing electricity and will be able to operate independently from the main grid in case of an outage due to extreme weather or other extraordinary events.

Alstom played a key role in developing the 10-year Energy Master Plan for the site as its smart grid architect. It's a critical piece of the bigger picture as The Navy Yard's private electric grid is viewed as an important asset to attract businesses.

“This microgrid demonstration is in line with the DOE’s national objective to improve grid resiliency, reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency, while protecting critical infrastructure,” said Michael Atkinson, President of Alstom Grid North America. “We look forward to advancing this technology platform in collaboration with our partners and the DOE and hope that this project can serve as the catalyst for the future development in communities worldwide.”

While achieving enhanced grid resiliency, the Microgrid Research Development and System Design (RD&D) project will address growth in:

    • Distributed energy resources such as renewables
    • Distributed generation
    • Demand response
    •  Energy storage

Combining its energy management and substation automation technology, Alstom will provide PWD and PIDC with a comprehensive end-to-end Microgrid Controller System (MGCS) prototype which includes microgrid islanding, synchronization and reconnection, protection, voltage frequency, power quality management and system resiliency.

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