Philadelphia Navy Yard Microgrid Tour

Join Microgrid Knowledge for a tour of one of the most advanced commercial and industrial microgrids, the Philadelphia Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Navy Yard

A factory within the Philadelphia Navy Yard by Felix Lipov/

Located at the confluence of the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, the site was an abandoned shipyard 20 years ago with most of its electric service turned off. Today, it’s a thriving commercial center, powered by one of the nation’s most sophisticated — and evolving — microgrids.

The Navy Yard is home to more than 170 employers, 15,000 workers and a range of businesses that occupy 7.5 million square feet. But it’s become a particular magnet for those that need premium power, such as research facilities.

The microgrid  integrates multiple resources and showcases sophisticated, best-in-class features:

  • 8-MW natural gas generator, built and operated by Ameresco. The system has four continuous duty RICE engines, each connected to 13.2 kV generators that output directly to the 602 substation bus (a primary PECO facing substation). The generators are operated economically in direct peaking service and in PJM service for their energy and reserve market.
  • A 600-kW Bloom Energy fuel cell plant, owned by Urban Outfitters and net metered by PIDC
  • A 400-kW rooftop community solar installation that was built, owned and operated by AEDG under a power purchase agreement with PIDC. Five customers, virtually net metered within the Navy Yard, have shares in the community solar. A second, larger rooftop solar plant project is in the formative stages.
  • The Navy Yard has contracted for limited, but priority use of a 6.2 MW/14.8 MWh energy storage system (Li-ion battery), to be built, operated and owned by a project company backed by Citizens Energy.  NEC is the solutions provider.
  • Penn State and ProtoGen have created an intra building advanced microgrid with support of hybrid distributed energy resources under a DOE grant. The microgrid within the microgrid is the final testing stages of a multi-year effort.

Today, the Navy Yard serves 32 MW of annual peak load and 25-26 MW of annual average peak. But it’s set to grow — a lot — as it prepares for the connected city era.

Navy Yard Tour on Thursday, June 4, 2020

  • 7:30 am Breakfast/check in
  • 8:00 am Proceed to bus
  • 8:15 am Bus departs from the DoubleTree Hotel in Philadelphia
  • 8:45 am Bus arrives at Navy Yard
  • 9:00 am-10:30 am Tour of Navy Yard microgrid
  • 10:45 am Bus departs to return to conference
  • 11:15 am Bus arrives at DoubleTree Hotel in Philadelphia

Please note times are subject to change. Details will be provided at the conference

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