A new microgrid system that provides power to its world headquarters has been commissioned by Black & Veatch. The new system, which powers the Rodman Innovation Pavilion, is the first microgrid powering a commercial building in Kansas, in the USA.
Featuring a range of renewable energy resources and natural gas power, the system allows the company to evaluate microgrid technologies and provides enough energy to run the entire Innovation Pavilion. Black & Veatch’s system includes two natural gas-fired microturbines that deliver onsite electrical power generation.
During winter months, heat is recovered from the microturbines to support heating for what is the largest office building in Kansas. A geothermal heat pump system with 15 wells drilled 500 feet deep also helps heat and cool the Pavilion. The microgrid system also uses battery storage.
It will produce an estimated 1,300 MWh annually from systems including 50 kWp of solar PV and 130 kW from the microturbines, as well as a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system.
‘The new microgrid allows Black & Veatch to demonstrate technologies that have strong interest from global clients wanting some combination of greater electric resiliency, control and sustainability