When the Town of Vail looked at transitioning from diesel to alternative fuel buses, they looked to Black & Veatch, a leader in high-power electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment.
Good things are happening in California. Primarily driven by water scarcity and commitment to resilient infrastructure, communities and organizations across the state are working together to purify and reuse water previously returned to the ocean. Benefits include environmental protection, optimized investment and asset management, and development and maintenance of a more resilient water supply.
Tempe, Arizona sits just east of Phoenix, one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. It’s also home to the Sun Devils of Arizona State University (ASU), a leading public research university. Just east of the ASU campus sits the Ocotillo Power Generation Plant. Because of its proximity to the city’s center, this facility has been an iconic part of the Tempe skyline for decades.
Orbital Marine Power, the world’s leading developer of floating tidal stream turbines, appointed Black & Veatch’s UK renewable energy team as Lead Engineering Partner to support technology optimisation and cost reduction engineering as part of the company’s €5m research and development programme.
Yorkshire Water’s £72 million Knostrop Energy & Recycling Facility turns wastewater into energy, generating sufficient electricity to power 7,600 homes. The project, according to local member of parliament Hilary Benn, “is helping to create a lower carbon future in the Lower Aire Valley.”
Aging infrastructure is by far the most challenging issue facing the water, wastewater and stormwater industry in the United States, according to BV’s 2020 Strategic Directions: Water Report. Yet, given persistent sensitivities to rate increases, accessing finance to improve and upgrade the millions of miles of the nation’s water systems often requires alternative and innovative approaches.
As the UK seeks to decarbonise, waste-to-energy centres such as Ince Park help meet the challenges of adapting conventional power generation to the evolving energy market.
At the Port of Stockton in Northern California, Nautilus Data Technologies’ (Nautilus) commercial floating water-cooled data center stands docked and ready after Black & Veatch completed commissioning oversight for this first-of-its-kind data center. The data center combines efficiency with resourcefulness, setting a new standard in data center innovation.
In Texas, the scene appeared almost apocalyptic: A powerful mid-February winter storm that blanketed the state with snow, ice and record low temperatures knocked out power and heat to millions of homes and businesses for days. Dozens died, water service was disrupted, and questions abounded about the grid’s vulnerability to cataclysmic weather events at a time of mounting concerns about climate change.
Financial closure for the Black Lough, Three Trees and Enros wind farms, marked another technical due diligence success for Black & Veatch Europe’s renewable energy team. The company was working on behalf of ING Bank, a branch of ING-DiBa AG, a major backer of renewable energy and sustainability projects globally.
More than 90 percent of Scotland’s energy comes from renewables. The lion’s share of that, circa 70 percent, is onshore wind. Among the ways Black & Veatch has supported the development of this resource, and successful drive for decarbonization, is by providing technical due diligence for BayWa r.e.’s acquisition of High Constellation Wind Farm.
Black & Veatch served as programme manager across ten UK sites to create a 348-MW portfolio of short-term operating reserve (STOR) generation assets. STOR assets are a critical to the UK power network; rapidly dispatching power when demand is greater, or generation capacity less, than forecast by the National Grid Electricity System Operator.