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. This information enables Black & Veatch to model different energy generation scenarios for system optimization. The microgrid has two natural gas-fired microturbines that provide 130 kW of onsite power generation. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you. 0 Related Insights New Advances in Zero Emissions Vehicles Offer Promise for Work Fleets There’s no doubt that alternative fuel vehicles hold great potential to disrupt the transportation sector. But where does the commercial and industrial sector stand with adoption today? Commercial, industrial manufacturers press for sustainability, rethink energy options The changing energy landscape is prodding businesses to rethink how they use and manage electricity. The Evolution of Project Delivery: The How and Why There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks every year in the United States, and those ruptures waste between 14 percent and 18 percent of the nation's drinking water. Aging infrastructure is primarily to blame, as an estimated 40 percent of U.S. water and wastewater pipes are beyond their life expectancy, notes a recent article in WaterWorld. The article goes on to say that half of forecasted capital expenditures by water providers will cover new installation and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure Sustainability and Automation: Two Megatrends Reshaping the Commercial & Industrial Space After a significant focus on investments in labor productivity, forward-looking data from the 2019 Strategic Directions: Commercial & Industrial Report reflects a projected shift in sustainability investments towards IT, data and communications infrastructure. Predictive Maintenance Offers Promise in Asset Management When it comes to understanding how water utilities approach asset maintenance, survey data shows that, on average, they tend to weight their efforts more heavily toward preventive maintenance. Related Project Stories DIY Approach Makes Water Treatment Safer for Hong Kong Citizens The Hong Kong Water Supplies Department is bringing more clean drinking water to its citizens in much safer ways. Ultimately, the department set out to double the Tai Po Water Treatment Works’ production. Achieving that goal was an amazing feat in itself, but the department saw beyond the infrastructure to boldly address the equally complex challenge of safe and sustainable treatment. Lifting the Burdens of Capital Improvement Programs For more than 20 years, Black & Veatch worked with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission to upgrade its wastewater treatment system on a project-by-project basis. There were many short-term wins, but resilience dated master plan made the long-term a bit less clear. The real win, and biggest cost savings, required a different approach. Black & Veatch, Coalition Donate Electric Resiliency to Hurricane-Affected Puerto Rico School, Saving it in the Process A coalition led by Black & Veatch donated tens of thousands of dollars in technology along with the manpower to provide a new, solar-driven power source for the SU Manuel Ortiz in Yabucoa, ground zero of Hurricane Maria. Shell Microgrid Doubles as Research Lab for Testing New Energy Solutions Black & Veatch designed, procured and constructed a microgrid for Shell, which is using it to generate power while it also serves as a working test lab to explore advancements in renewable energy. Client Removes Transmission Lines with Minimal Disruption to Auto, Train Traffic Below The United Illuminating Company needed to replace existing transmission line conductors located on 100-year-old lattice towers built on a historic railroad bridge, hiring Black & Veatch as the EPC contractor.