The Navy Yard sets off toward its own ‘smart-grid’ power network
Philly.com, May 12, 2015. Image credit: Robert J. Sitar via Wikimedia Commons
Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., the agency redeveloping the Navy Yard, is installing a “smart-grid” system on the 1,200-acre campus in South Philadelphia. PIDC envisions constructing an interconnected network of renewable power sources and storage devices in a self-supporting “community” system.
Landis & Gyr was selected from nine bidders, said Will Agate, senior vice president, Navy Yard management and development. The price was not disclosed.
The company will deploy an off-the-shelf system that it markets under the Gridstream brand. The real innovations may come when the Navy Yard begins to integrate its customers into an assortment of local power sources, including some already in place – battery storage systems, solar panels, electric vehicle-charging stations, and gas-fueled turbines and fuel cells.