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Burns & McDonnell to lead micro-grid, solar PV and energy storage project at the Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Angeles will obtain an 1 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installation, backed by a battery storage system with 2.6 megawatt-hours (MWh) of capacity. Image: Port of Los Angeles
The Port of Los Angeles will obtain an 1 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installation, backed by a battery storage system with 2.6 megawatt-hours (MWh) of capacity. Image: Port of Los Angeles

Burns & McDonnell (Kansas City, MO, U.S.) is providing design-build engineering and overall project management services for the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project, a showcase of how sustainable, clean energy solutions can revolutionize marine terminal operations.

The USD 27 million project will integrate a number of electric vehicles and cargo handling equipment into terminal operations while also featuring an 1 megawatt (MW) rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installation, backed by a battery storage system with 2.6 megawatt-hours (MWh) of capacity.

The result will be a clean energy micro-grid that can allow terminal operations to continue in the event of a widespread power outage. Engineering is set to begin this month, with construction beginning in October and complete by mid-2017.

 

Solar powered micro-grid

The solar power system will be the centerpiece of the project. It will operate in parallel with the Los Angeles area grid through sophisticated energy management system controls that will enable the terminal to “island” and continue operating as a micro-grid for a limited period of time in the event of a widespread power outage.

Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals L.P. and the Port of Los Angeles are launching the project as a proving ground for how zero and near-zero emissions technologies can dramatically reduce pollutants and improve energy resiliency at marine terminals and industrial facilities around the world.

The project is funded in part by a USD 14.5 million grant from the California Air Resources Board as part of a wide-ranging effort to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants throughout the state.

“The Port of Los Angeles is the busiest gateway for commerce in America, so what better place to demonstrate an all-new approach to eliminating greenhouse gases and other harmful emissions,” says Renita Mollman, vice president and general manager of Burns & McDonnell's California region.

“Burns & McDonnell has successfully executed a number of micro-grid projects incorporating solar and zero emissions technology, but the Omni Green Terminal Project will set a whole new standard,” says project manager Dr. Matt Wartian.

“We expect a number of other facilities will be launching similar zero-emissions projects based on the results from the Omni Green Terminal.”

 

Battery-powered vehicles and equipment

With key elements of the Omni Terminal remaining operational during an outage, it will function as a depot for emergency goods and services to the broader Southern California region.

The terminal also will feature charging infrastructure that efficiently converts AC to DC power needed for battery-powered vehicles and equipment. The chargers allow battery-stored electricity to be converted to AC power needed for motors and drives or to charge other vehicles.

Electric equipment at the terminal will include: battery-powered drayage trucks and yard tractors to move goods throughout the terminal and two 21-ton forklifts and a top handler for loading and unloading goods.

“The Green Omni Terminal Project will be a scalable model to upgrade the 26 other terminals at the Port of Los Angeles, as well as other terminals worldwide,” says Wartian.

 

2016-07-21 | Courtesy: Burns & McDonnell | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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