University of California, San Diego SITE TOUR

FEBRUARY 26, 2019, late afternoon : 1 hour 45 minute tour.  Details at bottom of webpage

(Free of charge : included as part of Summit registration.)

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UC san diego microgrid

About UC San Diego Energy Landscape:

UC San Diego is committed to conserving energy in cooperation with statewide load-reduction initiatives and UC standards. The campus generates about 85% of its own electricity using an ultra-clean and efficient cogeneration plant, the world’s largest commercial fuel cell and solar panels.

UC San Diego’s Energy Innovation Park houses several innovative energy systems, including:

2.8-megawatt fuel cell
2.5 megawatt/5 megawatt-hour advanced energy storage system
Compressed Natural Gas fueling station that delivers renewable CNG to campus fleet and public vehicles
Chiller plant that provides cold water to the nearby 2.2 million gallon Thermal Energy Storage system
Clean Energy Production
The campus operates a 30-megawatt natural-gas-fired combined heat and power system that provides 85% of the campus’s annual electricity needs. The plant has received an Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star CHP Award for its high efficiency and low emissions. It helps the campus save $8 million per year in energy costs.

Cogeneration uses one fuel source (natural gas) to produce two forms of energy (electricity and heat). State-of–the-art gas turbines equipped with pollution controls are 45-50% more efficient than conventional natural gas power plants and produce 75% fewer emissions.

In addition to saving approximately $8 million per year in purchased utilities costs, cogeneration reduces:

Energy loss due to transmission and distribution of electricity over the statewide electrical grid
Reliance on out-of-state coal-burning power generation
Regional congestion on SDG&E’s grid system

UC San Diego has built one of the world’s the most advanced microgrids, which is key to creating a carbon neutral campus. The microgrid provides a flexible, resilient, reliable, secure energy distribution system that generates more than 85% of the electricity used on campus annually. Power is provided from several sources the campus’ 30-megawatt cogeneration plant, 2.8-megawatt renewable energy fuel cell, and 2.4 megawatts of solar arrays.

The campus’ 2.4-megawatt solar network includes an array of rooftop, carport and ground mounted systems, including several integrated with advanced energy systems. The campus continually seeks opportunities to expand our solar infrastructure.

Fuel Cell
Our 2.8-megawatt fuel cell is the largest on any college campus. It provides about 7% of UC San Diego’s total energy needs, or the equivalent of powering 2,800 homes. The fuel cell uses waste methane gas from the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant to generate combustion-free electricity for the campus. In addition to electricity, a 300-ton absorption chiller captures waste heat from the fuel cell to produce chilled water that is stored in the nearby Thermal Energy Storage system.

A 300-kilowatt solar water-heating system installed at North Campus Housing is one of the largest solar-thermal projects at a North American university.

Energy Efficiency
Building Retrofits
Since 2008, UC San Diego has invested over $100 million in retrofitting the campus’ existing buildings to be more energy efficient. This work has resulted in the campus saving more than $12 million in annual energy costs. These projects include:

Upgrading to energy-efficient ventilation systems in high-energy-use buildings
Switching to LED lighting
Enhancing building-performance monitoring and tuning
Retrofitting heating and ventilation systems, controls and ductwork
Replacing laboratory freezers with more energy-efficient models
The campus plans to complete more than $50 million in energy retrofits over the next five years.

To support its ongoing clean energy program, the campus has used a variety of financing mechanisms, including third-party financed Power-Purchase Agreements, Federal Clean Renewable Energy Bonds, and state and federal grants and incentives.

Power-Purchase Agreements
Under a power-purchase agreement, the university enters into a contract with a third party energy provider that agrees to own, operate and maintain a renewable energy system on campus. In return, the university pays the energy provider a negotiated rate for the renewable electricity generated. In 2008, UC San Diego signed a power-purchase agreement with Solar Power Partners to develop a 1.2-megawatt photovoltaic system on campus, which allowed the university to take advantage of solar power without cash up front. The campus’s 2.8-megawatt fuel-cell project utilized a similar agreement.

Clean Renewable Energy Bonds
Under the Internal Revenue Service’s Clean Renewable Energy Bond program, UC San Diego was able to access $15 million in low-cost loans to fund the installation of 2 megawatts of solar power at on- and off-campus sites.

Grants and Incentives
Over the past 10 years, UC San Diego has received more than $30 million in state incentives and rebates — like the California Solar Initiative, Self-Generation Incentive Program and the UC/CSU Energy Partnership Program — that have helped reduce the cost of providing clean energy alternatives.

UC San Diego’s ongoing clean energy and Microgrid-related research activities have helped to secure numerous federal and state energy-program grants. For example, the campus and its partner, Nuuve, recently received a $4.2 million grant from the California Energy Commission to demonstrate how “Vehicle to Grid” technology, where electric vehicles feed stored energy back into the grid, can work on a large scale. This grant was possible because UC San Diego’s Microgrid allows the flexibility to incorporate new and innovative clean energy solutions into a real-world operational environment.

Energy Storage
Energy storage is the key to balancing energy supply and demand and UC San Diego has one of the largest, most diversified energy storage portfolios of any college campus. The portfolio contains a variety of energy storage types, including advanced battery storage, thermal energy storage, an ultra-capacitor, and two “2nd Life EV Battery Storage” demonstration systems. Examples:

5 megawatt/5 megawatt-hour Li-ion storage system and a 250 kilowatt/500 kilowatt-hour Li-ion storage system that help reduce campus demand charges
10 kilowatt/10 kilowatt-hour Lithium Polymer Battery
Demonstration 108 kilowatt/180 kilowatt-hour 2nd Life battery system
28 kilowatt ultra-capacitor bank that helps smooth the output of the integrated 60 kilowatt solar array
More than 7 million gallons of thermal energy storage capacity that shift the campus’ peak demand load
Most recently, in partnership with UC San Diego’s Center for Energy Research and ESS, a demonstration 40 kilowatt/400 kilowatt “all-iron flow battery” was installed on one of the three test sites located at the east campus Energy Research Park.


Site Tour Details

Please ensure that your indicate whether you will participate in the tour during your registration process.

Summit sessions will end at 3:30pm on FEB 26th. Charter buses will depart from the venue  and arrive to UC San Diego by 4:00pm. 

* Guided tour will commence from 4:00pm - 5:45pm.

Charter buses will depart near 5:50pm with option for drop off in downtown San Diego at recommended hotel (to be announced shortly) or to return to Summit venue - roughly 15-20 minute drive in either direction.

For any questions on logistics please contact Monica Mckenzie, Managing Partner, Roosevelt Strategic Council at: mckenzie@rscouncil.corg or 917.435.1266. Please do not contact UC San Diego directly.

Registered attendees will receive a detailed email with instructions


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