Penn State Team Tests Hybrid Microgrid for Use Across the State
Pennsylvania State University is testing a low-carbon hybrid microgrid in an attempt to create a transferable blueprint for additional microgrid sites across the state. The university has received funding to demonstrate a hybrid microgrid on a 600-kW “nano-loop” of an existing microgrid at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia. The Navy Yard is an innovative 1,200-acre urban mixed-use waterfront business campus that is committed to smart energy and sustainability. The hybrid microgrid combines Pennsylvania Marcellus shale-gas turbines with solar and battery storage to power eight occupied office buildings, a sewage pump station, and Penn State’s GridSTAR house and Solar Energy Training Center facilities. A hotel is also planned for the loop in the near future In addition to producing electricity, the hybrid microgrid captures and uses thermal heat produced by the natural gas turbine. The process results in little waste of primary energy, making it highly efficient. The thermal heat then can be used for heating and cooling various on-site facilities. The hybrid microgrid operates as a “single total energy providing system,” according to James Freihaut, technical director of The Navy Yard and professor of architectural engineering at Penn State. “A natural gas-fired gas turbine system is used to generate electricity in coordination… Read the rest of the story at Penn State Team Tests Hybrid Microgrid for Use Across the State
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