By Rod Walton, Power Engineering and POWERGEN+ content material director
Houston-based gasoline energy agency Enchanted Rock was chosen by utility ComEd to supply technology for its Bronzeville Community Microgrid venture.
The distinctive Bronzeville microgrid cluster on Chicago’s South Side will present grid resiliency and backup power to greater than 1,000 residences, companies and public establishments. Among these would be the Chicago police and fireplace headquarters and Illinois Tech.
“Enchanted Rock will assist us make sure the Bronzeville microgrid offers steady energy within the occasion of a significant interruption, and it’ll achieve this affordably and with decrease emissions,” stated Michelle Blaise, senior vp of Technical Services, ComEd. “The Enchanted Rock answer offers clear, fast-response energy resiliency that integrates with our current photo voltaic and battery storage property in help of our clear grid targets.”
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Enchanted Rock will personal and function the microgrid’s energy producing system and use its built-in Reliability on Call (iROC) service to ship long-duration backup energy with the cleanest expertise out there. Around-the-clock monitoring by the corporate’s Microgrid Network Operations Center (mNOC) helps determine and deal with points earlier than they turn out to be issues.
Power Solutions International, Inc. (PSI), headquartered in Wood Dale, Illinois, provides Enchanted Rock’s engines and gen-sets from its crops within the Chicago space and the Great Lakes area.
“ComEd’s Bronzeville venture is acknowledged as probably the most revolutionary microgrid designs within the nation,” stated Thomas McAndrew, founder and CEO of Enchanted Rock. “We’re excited to accomplice with ComEd to show the power of microgrids to maintain energy flowing to communities and important infrastructure whereas supporting the usage of renewable power assets.”
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ComEd calls Bronzeville the primary utility-operated microgrid cluster within the nation. The 7.7-MW collection of gensets, photo voltaic and power storage property was authorised by Illinois utility regulators in 2018.
ComEd was awarded $four million by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to design and deploy photo voltaic and battery storage expertise for the microgrid demonstration venture.
Microgrid expertise has risen in deployment and recognition within the wake of climate occasions and different large-scale system interruptions. Experts from ComEd offered on the attributes of the Bronzeville Community Microgrid venture when POWERGEN International got here to New Orleans in 2019.
(Rod Walton is content material director for Power Engineering, POWERGEN International and the POWERGEN+ digital collection. He has 14 years expertise overlaying the power business for each the newspaper and enterprise media industries. He could be reached at 918-831-9177 and firstname.lastname@example.org).
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