California Energy Commission Awards Over $1.8M Additional Funding to Further UCSD Microgrid Pro

Author:Green Car Congress     Source:Green Car Congress     Click:368     Publish time:2013/1/11 13:41:15

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved funding to advance further the development of its pioneering 42 MWpeak microgrid and expand electric vehicle charging at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

The Commission approved a $1.6-million award to increase its previously awarded funding of $1,394,298 for the university’s microgrid. The Commission also approved funding of $220,554 to expand the campus’ burgeoning charging network for plug-in electric vehicles, through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118.

The microgrid award is funded through the Commission’s research and development program. The total Commission funding for the amended agreement is $2,994,298. The university is providing an additional $1,525,000 in matching funding. These funds will be invested, in part, in analyzing multiple stand-alone energy storage technologies to further improve the microgrid.

The funding will support four microgrid projects that involve solar forecasting; demonstration of distributed energy storage systems (DESS) including the addition of a second DESS using different storage technology to the project that would be charged/discharged daily for “load shifting”; demonstration of renewable energy charging of electric vehicles; and improvement of California Independent System Operator (CAISO) microgrid operations observability.

Keywords:California Energy Commission Awards More Than $1.8M Additional Funding to Further UCSD Microgrid Pro
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