Schneider Electric creates microgrid at Long Beach

October 11, 2018 // By Nick Flaherty
French power giant Schneider Electric is to build a microgrid at a major US port in a $7m project.

The company is to design, engineer and build a new microgrid that will enable critical energy resilience at the Port of Long Beach in the city of Long Beach, California. A demonstrator  will include an integrated system of distributed energy resources (DER) and microgrid controls, enabling added resilience via long-term islanding at the port's critical response facility, the Joint Command and Control Center (JCCC), which functions as the port's hub for security.

Traditional backup power sources for seaports – usually diesel-powered generators – are not in alignment with the long-term energy resilience, sustainability and efficiency goals of contemporary critical facilities. Diesel generators have limited capacity for continuous, ongoing power during catastrophic outages and do not enable sustainable energy usage. In addition to boosting critical facilities' energy resilience and sustainability through islanding and distributed energy resources (DER) integration, microgrids can also help lower energy costs through renewable energy production and enable smart load management.

The Port of Long Beach is the second-busiest port in the US, handling over $194 billion in cargo per year and the microgrid will use expertise that has previously supplied marine and shore power solutions to more than 2,700 global merchant marine sector clients, including a preconfigured DC hardware solution, Energy Control Center merged with technologies from partner EnSync Energy, mobile storage solution, microgrid controls and EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor, a cloud-connected, demand-side energy management software platform that simplifies the Port's DER integration and allows microgrid operators to collect, forecast and automatically optimise operations. The project will also include EcoStruxure Power solutions including Power Monitoring and Power SCADA Operation.

The project will also include installation of a 300kW photovoltaic (PV) system for energy production, integration of a 250kW microgrid-extending mobile battery energy, a 500 kW Diesel Generator and the installation of additional microgrid controls to allow demand response, peak shaving, and islanded operations for energy resilience. As part of the project, Energy Control Center will also leverage 330 kW and 670 kilowatt per hour (kWh) stationary battery energy storage.

Over the course of the microgrid installation, Schneider Electric


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