Join us for a private tour of the UCSD Microgrid Project

The UCSD microgrid project is an advanced energy network that provides electricity for the university’s 1,150-acre  campus. The system is powered by two 13.5 MW gas turbines, one 3 MW steam turbine, and a 1.2 MW solar array that generate 92 percent of the university’s electricity usage.

This innovative system of integrated generation sources and energy storage is connected and managed by software that controls all generation, storage, and loads with hourly computing that incorporates market-price signals, weather forecasts, and resource availability to optimize operations. The microgrid is estimated to save the university more than $8 million each year.

Beyond energy efficiency and cost savings, it also provides air quality benefits. The turbines produce 75% fewer emissions of criteria pollutants than a conventional gas power plant by employing thermal energy storage, steam- and electric-powered turbines, and a molten carbonate fuel cell that runs on waste methane.

The UCSD microgrid is an exemplary project that, with every electron it delivers, proves the technology and propels the industry forward.

Details:The tour will depart at 1:30 p.m. from the lobby of the Paradise Point Resort and last approximately 3 to 4 hours.

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