Schneider Electric Building Microgrid at Port of Long Beach
EnSync Energy as Technology Partner
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The microgrid will include the preconfigured hardware solution, Energy Control Center – DC coupled and merged with technologies from partner EnSync Energy...

The nation’s second busiest port is taking big steps toward a more decentralized and decarbonized energy future.

Schneider Electric announced Wednesday that it has a $5.2 million contract to design, engineer and build a new microgrid at the Port of Long Beach in southern California. The company will create a microgrid technology demonstration which will include an integrated system of distributed energy resources (DER) and microgrid controls, enabling added resilience via long-term islanding at the port’s critical response facility, the Joint Command and Control Center (JCCC), which functions as the port’s hub for security.

The Port of Long Beach also is going get a huge infusion of electric vehicle infrastructure in a separate deal, but more on that later.

Schneider Electric’s $5.2 million contract with the Port is part of a $7.1 million project that is partially funded by a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The microgrid will include the preconfigured hardware solution, Energy Control Center – DC coupled and merged with technologies from partner EnSync Energy, mobile storage solution, microgrid controls and EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor, the cloud-connected, demand-side energy management software platform that simplifies the Port’s DER integration and allows microgrid operators to collect, forecast and automatically optimize operations. The project will also include EcoStruxure Power solutions including Power Monitoring and Power SCADA Operation.

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