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Microgrids & Resiliency

September 14, 2016
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
550 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451
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THIS MEETING IS SOLD OUT - THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE TOUR NEXT MONTH! 

Our opening September meeting this year will focus on microgrids and resiliency.  Microgrids provide local generation, usually through a combination of on-site combined heat and power (CHP), renewable energy technologies, district energy and, at times, energy storage technologies.  They provide added resiliency against power outages, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and lower energy costs for their customers. In addition, microgrids offer a higher level of reliability for critical facilities and the outlying community.  There are, however, more to them than that:  If recent natural disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy, can be attributed to climate change, these events also build both a human and business case for microgrids. 

     With these potential economic and social benefits in mind, a number of colleges, including UCONN, have built microgrids to keep power flowing to vital services on campus. The microgrid at UCONN’s Main Campus in Storrs CT, which has been operational since late 2006, includes a 25MW CHP plant. The Depot campus at Storrs utilizes a fuel cell and solar array. 

     In addition, the City of Boston recently released the Boston Community Energy Study in conjunction with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory along with other contributors and supporters. Given the potential impacts to Boston due to sea level changes, the report specifically looks at opportunities within the City of Boston for local energy generation, energy storage technologies, and resilient infrastructure including microgrids and district energy. The foundation of the study is based on the Boston Energy-Map, developed by MIT, which provides an hourly simulation of energy use for every building in Boston.  The study analyzes patterns of energy demand, scopes engineering solutions, and assesses the feasibility of potential local generation and microgrids in the City of Boston.

 

Our speakers for the September meeting are:

Andy Haun: Chief Technology Officer, Microgrids Business for Schneider Electric

Chris TietjenUtilities Operations Engineer at UCONN

Travis Sheehan: Senior Infrastructure Advisor at the Boston Redevelopment Authority

Eric Morgan: Technical Staff at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and Technical Lead on the Boston Community Energy Study

 

THIS MEETING IS SOLD OUT - THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE TOUR NEXT MONTH!