Renewable Microgrid for a Medical Center

Kaiser Medical Center in Richmond

A clean, renewable microgrid can allow hospital to provide critical care during emergencies

Project Overview

Recipient: Charge Bliss, Inc.

Program: EPIC

Award Amount: $4,776,171

Co-funded Amount: $2,095,835

Agreement Number: EPC-14-080

Project Term: 6/17/2015 - 12/28/2018

Project Status: Active

Recipient Location:  Aliso Viejo, CA

Site Location(s):  Richmond, CA

The Issue

California needs to make better use of locally available renewable energy to increase resiliency and address climate change impacts such as increased fires, severe storms, and heatwaves. Critical facilities, such as hospitals, are especially vulnerable to climate change impacts that disrupt the normal delivery of energy needed for their operation. Microgrids can help increase the resiliency of critical facilities such as hospitals through maximizing use of local renewable energy with energy storage.

Project Innovation

This project is demonstrating the ability of a microgrid to support and sustain the functions of a healthcare facility and to overcome barriers to its deployment. The Charge Bliss team successfully designed, engineered, procured, constructed, and commissioned the microgrid systems at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Richmond, California. This included developing a next-generation microgrid controller capable of optimizing renewable energy generation, storage, and delivery and islanding and providing critical system support.

Project Benefits

This project demonstrates the value of a microgrid to healthcare facilities, including the reduction in energy costs, which are substantial for healthcare facilities, and the ability to support life and safety functions for three hours or longer to supplement existing backup generation and improve the energy reliability of hospitals in crisis situations. In collaboration with the governing agency Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), the CEC and Charge Bliss are forging new methods and standards to support the resiliency and autonomy of critical healthcare facilities. This project helps inform deliberation of the requirement for healthcare facilities to have diesel backup.

Lower Costs: This project expects to save $141,000 per year in direct energy costs for the site owner and create efficiencies in both usage and demand (automated demand response).

Environmental Benefits: Use of the microgrid is expected to provide environmental benefits by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 263 tons of carbon dioxide per year through the use of renewables.

Public Health: The microgrid is designed to provide at least three hours of power during a utility outage for critical hospital facilities that are essential during mass casualties or illnesses in a region with an underserved population.




Project Overview

Recipient: Charge Bliss, Inc.

Program: EPIC

Award Amount: $4,776,171

Co-funded Amount: $2,095,835

Agreement Number: EPC-14-080

Project Term: 6/17/2015 - 12/28/2018

Project Status: Active

Recipient Location:  Aliso Viejo, CA

Site Location(s):  Richmond, CA

Project Team

CEC Project Manager: Qing Tian

Recipient Contact: David Bliss

Match Partner(s): Princeton Power Systems, Inc.; OSISoft, LLC; Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

Subcontractor(s): The Regents of the University of California, San Diego; Bay Area Air Quality Management District; OSISoft, LLC; Charge Bliss Construction California, Inc.; Florida State University; Mazzetti, Inc.; Skelly Electric Inc.; Dersch Design & Engineering; Pacific Design Architecture, Inc.; SunPower Corporation, Systems


 

 

For questions or additional information, please email RandDProjectinfo@energy.ca.gov

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