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:  West Hollywood, 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 are especially vulnerable to climate change impacts that disrupt the normal delivery of energy needed for their operation. A demonstration of a renewable-based microgrid at a hospital will develop a case study to assess their ability to support hospital operations and convince the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to allow microgrids for hospitals.

Project Innovation

This project will demonstrate a full-scale renewable-based microgrid for a hospital. The microgrid consists of a solar photovoltaic array, battery energy storage, and a microgrid controller integrated with an existing combined heat and power system. The microgrid will provide at least three hours of power during a utility outage and will also use automated demand response to reduce electrical demand.

Project Benefits

This microgrid will demonstrate reduction of utility energy usage by greater than 350,000 kWh per year, decreased peak monthly site demand by 100kW, regulation and improvement of site power quality to achieve greater load item efficiencies, and the ability to “island” to support life and safety functions for three hours or longer to supplement existing backup generation tools 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 will lead all healthcare stakeholders to reconsider current policies and procedures for energy supply and to evaluate additional redundancies to protect hospital operations.

Lower Costs: This project expects to save $141,000 per year in direct energy costs for the site owner (997,000 kWh/yr x $0.1418/kWh) and create efficiencies in both usage and demand (automated demand response).

Greater Reliability: This microgrid plans to increase electric reliability by participating in the CA Independent System Operator's fast power quality regulation to mitigate large power quality fluctuations.

Environmental Benefits: The microgrid plans to provide environmental benefits by attempting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 263 tons of carbon dioxide per year (997,000 kWh/yr x 0.5888 lbs/kWh) 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.




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:  West Hollywood, 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 Systems


 

 

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