Microgrid 2018 Shedd Aquarium Tour Description

Microgrid 2018 – Shedd Aquarium – Microgrid Tour

The Shedd Aquarium offers an example of an unusual microgrid in development, one that contributes to a sustainable environment for more than 1,500 species, including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians and insects.

With a sophisticated energy management and building automation system managed by Schneider Electric and other technology providers, Shedd keeps animals, visitors and staff comfortable – while saving energy.

Shedd Aquarium Microgrid

Shedd Aquarium Microgrid (Photo provided courtesy of Schneider Electric)

 

The energy plant includes:

  • The largest solar installation at a cultural institution in Illinois: a 265-KW rooftop system with 913 PV panels on the marine mammal pavilion
  • Sophisticated building management, metering, analytics, and energy efficiency solutions, designed to cut energy use an ambitious 50% by 2020 within a demanding environment
  • A 1 MW/250kWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system deployed for frequency regulation in the he PJM market

The 471,396-square-foot building is well on its way to achieving its energy savings goals even though it must run 24/7, 364 days per year. On top of that half the building was constructed over a century ago.

Advancing on the path toward full microgrid integration, the Shedd Aquarium offers an opportunity to see step-by-step development of a remarkable energy system that is clean, resilient and highly efficient.

Shedd Aquarium Tour on 5/9/18

  • 10:00 a.m. Proceed to bus
  • 10:15 Bus departs Lowes O’Hare for Shedd
  • 11:15 Bus Arrives at Shedd
  • 11:30-noon Tour of Shedd distributed energy plant
  • Noon-12:45 Light buffet lunch sponsored by Schneider Electric
  • 1:00 Bus departs to return to conference
  • 2:00 Bus arrives at Lowes O’Hare in time for conference wrap up

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