Even Smarter Cities: Keeping Critical Services Operating When the Grid Is Down

June 28, 2022
In this video, you’ll learn how smart cities are using microgrids to keep critical services operating when the grid is down.

In this video, you’ll learn how smart cities are using microgrids to keep critical services operating when the grid is down.

Michael Boswell of Concord Engineering and Michael Samuel of R3M Engineering present a case study how a critical piece of infrastructure found resilience with a microgrid. Hurricane Sandy seriously damaged the Sayreville pumping station in central New Jersey, resulting in the disruption of services and the release of millions of gallons of untreated wastewater into the Raritan River. Today the pumping station operates with newfound resilience thanks to a 9.5-MW on-site power generation system designed to decouple from the local grid and operate as a resilient microgrid.

Michael Byrnes of Veolia shares insights on how a microgrid brought energy independence, resilience, efficiency and cost savings to a California wastewater treatment plant — and saved an endangered fish species at the same time.

This session is moderated by Scott Manson, principal engineer of SEL, and features a question and answer session recorded during the live event.

Featured speakers include:

This video was recorded during Microgrid 2022: Microgrids as Climate Heroes. The two-day event was designed to bring together industry leaders, visionaries, and those curious about microgrids. Held in June of 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the editors at Microgrid Knowledge gathered microgrid leaders for two days of interactive sessions designed to help innovators, developers, utilities, and technology and engineering firms exploring the microgrid space.

The event featured more than 100 speakers across thirty sessions. Panel discussions covered big picture ideas around macro economic influences on the microgrid market, how microgrids can be a building block of US infrastructure and climate goals, why microgrids are becoming important to military missions and the challenges with supporting an electrified economy. The event also included multiple breakout sessions where panelists presented real-world case studies. Each session allowed audience members to ask questions of the panelists.

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Screenshot of video shot by Kim Hutton/EBM
Image credit Blue Sky News/Pittsburgh International Airport.
Pittsburgh Airport Photo Beth Hollerich