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News » US » Shell picks Black & Veatch for microgrid project » published 17 Jul 2017

Shell picks Black & Veatch for microgrid project

A power microgrid designed by Black & Veatch is to be installed at Shell Technology Center in Houston.

Black & Veatch’s contract for Shell International Exploration & Production involves the provision of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) on the new microgrid system.

The microgrid will incorporate solar photovoltaics and a natural-gas-fueled reciprocating engine as well as advanced battery storage technology and other elements with the aim of creating a sustainable, resilient, and flexible microgrid system.

Microgrids are integrated systems of multiple power generation sources and electric loads. When operated together, they can produce and distribute electricity and operate independently from the larger power grid or provide reliable service to remote areas.     To demonstrate system performance and sustainability benefits, Black & Veatch designed and built its own microgrid, which powers a substantial portion of the company’s world headquarters near Kansas City.

The Houston microgrid is designed to accommodate future additional resources, and includes Black & Veatch’s Asset360 data analytics platform, which will provide insights about performance and allow Shell operators to optimize operation.

The microgrid will be a platform for collaborative research undertaken by Shell and Black & Veatch to develop and deploy the next generation of clean and resilient energy technologies. The project will be used to test a spectrum of microgrid use-cases with objectives including developing better distributed energy solutions for future applications.

“The Shell microgrid will provide an excellent platform for demonstrating and developing resilient and sustainable power generation systems,” said Black & Veatch project manager Dustin Rogge. “We are excited about the opportunity to build a great microgrid while collaborating on innovative research that will build the foundation for better distributed energy solutions.”

The Shell Technology Center Houston (STCH) brings together about 2,000 Shell scientists, technologists and engineers to solve current and future energy challenges. The facility’s recently modernized design focuses on energy efficiency and sustainability through Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Improvements to the facility have generated significant emissions reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

“The STCH Microgrid will enable us to do hands-on research and develop solutions to complex renewable energy system integration challenges,” said Ajay Mehta, Shell International Exploration & Production general manager for long range research and new energy technologies. “These solutions will enable Shell to leverage the value of renewable energy, accelerate its integration into existing Shell operations (and beyond), and further drive the adoption of more and cleaner energy solutions for the future.”



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This article was published on 17 Jul 2017 (last updated on 17 Jul 2017).

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