In a not-so-distant future, homeowners, businesses and utilities likely will all play a role in the generation, transmission and storage of electricity. In some communities they already are. Distributed infrastructure connects energy, water and communications across vast, worldwide networks, and the flow of energy and information is increasingly accessible.
Data is at the heart of distributed infrastructure. Sustainability, security, resilience, asset management and capital planning rely on immediate predictive analytics across water, transportation, telecommunications and power.
Finding The Right Power Generation Mix
Data Center operators and businesses need predictability in their power supplies. Their infrastructure has to operate regardless of grid stability, weather conditions and other factors that threaten their systems. Network problems, IT system failures and hosting disruptions are significant reasons for data center outages. The biggest culprit, though, remains interrupted power supply, according to research from the Uptime Institute.
Modernizing The Grid
The transition to decentralized, digital grid systems is underway – further enhancing access to reliable, efficient, sustainable and secure energy for communities all over the world. The transformation involves massive upgrades to traditional and aging transmission and distribution infrastructure, and the integration of complex computing and communications technologies.
Speeding the Adoption of Microgrids
Thomas Edison's invention of the electric lightbulb changed the world. But he also advocated energy conservation and once said, "I'd put money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
Shell isn’t waiting.
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.
Harnessing Sun Power for a Sustainable Tomorrow
What Black & Veatch does isn’t always visible to people and communities where we work. But today and in the future, families and businesses in the Gila Bend area of Arizona will enjoy renewable energy generated from glistening solar fields as they track and collect the inexhaustible power of the sun.
In 2013, Black & Veatch was awarded an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to design and build the 32-megawatt utility-class Gila Bend Solar Power Plant located on 400 acres in Gila Bend, Arizona
“This is a really complex, innovative thing that we’re doing here.”
Learn every step of building a mission-critical microgrid.
Mick Wasco, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar Energy Program Manager
Delivering Fresh Water to the Driest Place on Earth
The amount that can be extracted of one of the world’s most valuable natural resources – copper – is directly dependent upon the availability of the world’s most essential resource: fresh water. But try finding fresh water on one of the driest places on Earth, and you have your work cut out for you. That’s why BHP, majority owner and operator of the Escondida copper mine in Chile, wanted to bring a sustainable solution – desalinated water – to the mine. BHP wanted to improve operations while protecting the environment. By tapping water from the ocean, it would save fresh water resources for the people and ecosystems in communities surrounding the world’s largest copper mine.Learn More
The Largest Deployment of Hydrogen Fueling Stations
Black & Veatch and FirstElement Fuel Inc. are working to rapidly bring hydrogen fueling stations to consumers in California who want a zero emission option for their cars. FirstElement Fuel selected Black & Veatch to engineer, permit and construct 19 hydrogen refueling stations across California.Learn More
Meeting The Demand For Rapid Expansion
Tesla Motors manufactures the Tesla Model S, the all-electric car that won the Motor Trend 2013 Car of the Year award. While developing the car, Tesla launched a program to aggressively deploy high-power, fast-charging stations — “Superchargers” — along major travel corridors throughout the United States.Learn More