Georgia utility, university start operations at 1.4-MW Tech Square Microgrid

By District Energy posted 06-23-2021 08:48

  

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Georgia Power and Georgia Tech are celebrating the start of operations for a 1.4-MW microgrid collaboration in metropolitan Atlanta.

The microgrid at Tech Square combines generation resources, energy storage and management systems for a self-contained power system at the metro site. The microgrid is part of Georgia Power’s integrated resource plan and is being operated to evaluate how the system can be integrated within the overall electrical grid.

Georgia Tech professors and students also will use the facility to gather data on controllers, cybersecurity devices and energy economics. Georgia Power and the university started work on the microgrid in 2019.

“The Tech Square Microgrid is a proven innovative project that will help us better understand microgrids to help service our customers. It brings energy storage and data front and center for research. The Microgrid’s distributed energy resources are vital to enhancing grid resiliency and bringing sustainable energy solutions to Georgia’s communities,” said Chris Womack, chairman, president and CEO for Georgia Power. “Georgia Tech is one of the nation’s leading research institutions and has been an integral partner in allowing their students and teachers to learn how these systems will interact not only with our grid, but also with the CODA building on the Georgia Tech campus. It’s by collectively working together through projects like this that we will build a brighter energy future for our state.”

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