Aemetis Integrated Microgrid Solution (AIMS) Project

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Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes, Inc.

Recipient

Cupertino, CA

Recipient Location

15th

Senate District

28th

Assembly District

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Project Status

Project Update

The Issue

The margins for food production are quite tight and food production operations are often carbon intensive. In addition, many food production facilities suffer from unreliable electric service, which can result in power outages. During a power outage any perishable feedstock, products, and by-products may degrade and become unsaleable. Power outages and increasing electricity costs result in production costs increasing as well. There is a need to demonstrate reliable, low-cost renewable electricity production at food processing facilities which can lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while reducing food production costs.

Project Innovation

The project will design, install, and operate an emerging microgrid system that reduces energy consumption, operating costs, and GHG emissions at the Recipient's biofuels and animal food production facility. Specifically, solar photovoltaics, a battery energy storage system, and a microgrid controller will be installed. In doing so, this project will demonstrate the potential to reduce the financial risk associated with power outages while also reducing GHG emissions at food processing facilities.

Project Benefits

This project will result in GHG and criteria pollutant emission reductions by installing a microgrid system and reducing existing boiler output at the facility.

Environmental & Public Health

Environmental Sustainability

The project is expected to reduce GHG emissions by approximately 6,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year and nitrogen oxide emissions by approximately 9 tons per year.

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