(photo by Georgia Tech)
Southern Co. utility Georgia Power and Georgia Tech will build a 1.4-MW microgrid in midtown Atlanta.
The Tech Square Microgrid has been approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission and should begin operations by this fall, according to reports. The joint venture-a self-contained energy system which can operate into and independently of the overall grid-will incorporate fuel cells, battery storage, as well as diesel and natural gas-fired generators.
It is being designed to include microturbines, solar panels and electric vehicle chargers in the future. Georgia Power and Georgia Tech will use the project to evaluate how a microgrid can integrate and operate as part of the overall electric grid.
“The Tech Square Microgrid project will give us a better understanding of the resiliency, sustainability and cost of microgrids to help develop emerging energy solutions to better serve our customers now and in the future,” said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO for Georgia Power. “Working with Georgia Tech gives us an opportunity to drive innovation by collaborating with one of the nation’s leading research institutions while students and faculty get a firsthand learning experience on an operating power system.”
All components will be placed on a platform and obscured from view with seven-foot-high fencing and gate access along Williams Street in Atlanta.