VIDEO: Black & Veatch World Headquarters Microgrid × Ongoing Optimization These features combine to give Black & Veatch a flexible and sustainable energy system that has reduced its typical energy costs. The microgrid provides enough clean energy to run the entire Innovation Pavilion. In the winter, the system recovers heat from the microturbines for supplemental heating in the main building. The geothermal system is used to cool and heat the Innovation Pavilion as needed. When cloud cover reduces solar energy production, the power held in the BESS can ensure a consistent level of electrical output to the Innovation Pavilion. Black & Veatch continually monitors its microgrid system through ASSET360™, the company’s robust, cloud-based analytics platform. ASSET360 collects data from the system and monitors both the performance of each component and the overall integrated system in real time. ASSET360 calculates generated energy and usage, and can give insights into energy savings. 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