We’re preparing the world for a future when renewable energy — solar photovoltaic, wind, hydropower and distributed generation, for example — represents more installed capacity than traditional power generation.
Renewables are well-positioned to offer utilities new sources of revenue while commercial and industrial sectors partner with traditional power suppliers to generate, distribute and store their own clean energy. As sustainable infrastructure becomes increasingly accessible to all, lower-cost distributed energy will further advance people’s lives and enable economic prosperity.
We strive to simplify this transition working at all scales and stages of renewable infrastructure planning and deployment. This can mean solving the intermittency challenges renewables face today with solutions like distributed infrastructure: multiple types of renewable generation, battery storage and smart distribution technologies. Or it can see us addressing technical issues power generators and regulators face in the integration of renewable energy technologies with existing generation and transmission assets. Or providing turnkey asset development or construction solutions.
At the same time, we’re staying ahead of the future with innovations such as “floatovoltaics” — solar panels mounted on the surface of water bodies — and other technologies that drive down the overall costs of access to renewable solutions. There are many reasons for excitement about the future of renewables.
The cost of renewable technologies continues to decline. Natural gas prices are low and have been relatively stable for nearly a decade. At the same time, government, industrial, commercial and residential customers are demanding greater access and use of clean energy technologies, lower energy costs and enhanced energy security at the distribution level and behind the meter.
Black & Veatch brings significant programmatic experience across all technologies and fuel sources to deliver sustainable and resilient distributed generation solutions.
Where water moves there’s energy that can be harvested. We offer single-source expertise and project life-cycle solutions, we have worked on more than 500 projects and more than 60,000 megawatts in hydropower design worldwide.
We’ve produced results on nearly 500 projects and more than 50,000 MW in hydropower design. A track record like that can only be achieved by meeting the toughest budgets under the tightest schedules. That formula helps us meet the goal we share with all clients – maximum return on their infrastructure investment.
Solar projects are quickly reaching parity with other forms of new generation. They also tie in seamlessly with various microgrid and distributed energy resource projects, which makes solar an attractive option for smart city initiatives.
Renewable energy is trending from large, centralized generation to a distributed model. The rapid growth of DER, with a focus on sustainability, is putting pressure not only on grid operation and infrastructure, but also on financial returns as customers consider generating their own power.
Wind development activity remains strong globally. Full and Partial wind repowers enable owners to utilize existing infrastructure, expand MW output, extend the operating life of assets, and maximize return on investment with upgraded wind facilities. Offshore wind is underway in Europe and developing in other regions.
Market conditions continually drive owners toward faster project delivery, improved operating plant quality, enhanced transmission integration, and prudent financial management.