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Turning Data into Action

Leveraging smart infrastructure to enable data-driven utility operations has long been a work in progress, and advancement has been uneven.

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Ammonia: Fuel vs. Hydrogen Carrier
The use of ammonia as a hydrogen carrier creates a new question. What is the better fuel – ammonia as a stand-alone fuel or hydrogen from cracked ammonia? At the moment, there is not a clear-cut answer to the question. Rather, the best fuel choice is a function of intended use, quantity, and technology maturity of the fuel user.
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Next-Level Reliability Through Resilience

Reliable service always has been core to every utility’s mandate, but achieving this is becoming more complex in the face of aging infrastructure and increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather events.

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A Story of Collaboration, Vision of Renewable Energy
Cardinal Point Wind
Meet Cardinal Point Wind, a sprawling wind farm that’s testament to the zero-carbon development vision of Canada-based Capital Power, the project’s owner. And it’s symbolic of the collaboration and trust between that wholesale power generator and Black & Veatch, a global renewable energy solutions leader that stepped up to the challenge of erecting the farm.
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Is there a future for gas-fired generation in Southeast Asia?
Large gas-fired power plants have a future in Southeast Asia. As countries continue on their journey to full electrification and more sustainable operations, combined cycle facilities will play a critical role in stabilizing ever-more complex grids, complementing variable renewable energy assets and, in some cases, transitioning to hydrogen as a zero-emissions fuel source over the long term.
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Managing Asia’s future grid

Asia’s energy transition is extensive and rapid. Google’s commitment to use excess renewable energy from rooftop solar panels of 500 public housing blocks to power its Singapore operations is a clear indication of the shift to sustainable development.

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Designing Ammonia- Ready LNG Import Terminals
From Black & Veatch's recently release Hybrid LNG & Ammonia Infrastructure: Key to a Green Economy eBook, this section discusses how the LNG import facility can be designed to be ammonia-ready with minimum required modification.
Projects
Small Town Sees Big Opportunity from Distributed Generation and Battery Storage
Solar PV field in Panguitch, Utah
Black & Veatch provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for a battery energy storage and solar project composed of a 650kWac monocrystalline photovoltaic (PV) plant utilizing a horizontal  single-axis tracking system. The solar PV project utilizes 150 kW SMA string Inverters, which are tied to an owner-supplied 1 MVA step-up transformer.
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Designing Ammonia-Ready LNG Storage Tanks
From Black & Veatch's recently release Hybrid LNG & Ammonia Infrastructure: Key to a Green Economy eBook, this section discusses the optimum design for ammonia-ready LNG storage tanks.
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Converting LNG Storage Tanks to Ammonia Storage Tanks
From Black & Veatch's recently release Hybrid LNG & Ammonia Infrastructure: Key to a Green Economy eBook, this section discusses the optimum conversion of existing LNG storage tanks to ammonia storage tanks.
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Four steps for optimised natural capital investment
We are witnessing unprecedented levels of investment in nature; a shift from public and charitable funding to private green investment. This has been driven by government and corporate commitments to Biodiversity Net Gain and Net Zero, and a growing awareness of corporate dependencies upon nature and its health.
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Part II, Roadmap to an Interconnected Grid Infrastructure
Today’s energy industry is undergoing a fundamental transformation. The ongoing shift towards decentralization is changing how we design, operate and maintain the electric grid, requiring new, technology-driven approaches that include integrating intelligence to the grid edge.
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Part I, The Mechanics of Grid Edge Intelligence

Perhaps the one constant in today’s changing energy landscape is disruption. Distributed energy resources (DER) are accelerating us past the days of a single-direction, centralized electric grid and towards a bi-directional, distributed grid faster than any of us ever imagined.

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2021 Megatrends SDR
Black & Veatch’s 2021 Strategic Directions: Megatrends Report analyzes survey data from more than 1,000 professionals across the power, water, telecommunications and natural gas sectors, and the commercial & industrial and manufacturing industries.
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Long COVID: assessing the virus’ implications for network management
Starting to grapple with some of the most stringent leakage targets ever, a 16 percent reduction by 2025, meant 2020 was never going to be an easy year; and then came COVID-19. Almost overnight, when the first lockdown was announced, usage patterns across water networks began to change significantly.

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