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RDSI - Chevron Energy Solution's CERTS Microgrid Demonstration
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Lead Organization:
Chevron Energy Solutions
HQ Location:
Alameda County, California
Project Contact Information:

Matt Wakefield (mwakefield@epri.com)

Project URL:
Project Summary:

The project is to demonstrate the first commercial implementation of CERTS microgrid technology combined with large-scale energy storage and renewable energy sources. It is designed to meet the needs of reducing peak electricity demand/demand response, improving the security and reliability of power supply, providing environmental leadership and clean backup power source for jail. The solutions are 1 MW fuel cell power plant with heat recovery cogeneration: hot water and space heating inside Santa Rita jail; 1.2 MW solar PV on rooftops; and 2 MW 14 MWh NAS batteries [1, 2].

Project Partners include [2]:
– VRB Power Systems
– Satcon Power Systems
– University of Wisconsin
– Chevron Energy Solutions
– Alameda County, California
– Satcon Power Systems
– Pacific Gas & Electric Company
– Energy and Environmental Economics

This is a three-year project with $7M funds from DOE and $7M from industry/non-federal funds [2].


[1] Chris Marnay, "Microgrids: U.S. Activities", presentation at Microgrids: Novel Architectures for Future Power Systems, Paris, Jan 29, 2010. URL: http://www.microgrids.eu/documents/Ch._Marnay_US_Activities-2.pdf
[2] Eric Lightner, "Smart Grid and DER Integration Activities Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy", presented at the 3rd international conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources, Dec 10-12, 2008. URL: http://www.conference-on-integration.com/pres/54_Lightner.pdf.