The Recipient will develop a novel dispatchable multi-model microgrid utilizing the CHP PP30 Power Pallet to address grid resilience, wildfire mitigation, and disaster relief using woody biomass such as woodchips. The design allows the addition of microgrid containers to increase capacity and match loads to the specific application. Each microgrid container will be sized to 50 kW of power generation and will consist of two PP30 Power Pallets, one L00120 Energy Port Battery System, two Oztek RS40 bi-directional inverters, and an Ageto Microgrid Control System. The containerized microgrid will be grid connected, offsetting grid electricity during operating hours. In the event that the grid goes down, the microgrid will be able to island as a single controllable entity under the command of the microgrid controller, which will isolate the containers from the grid and provide renewable backup power. The project will standardize a small-scale, highly scalable, low-cost microgrid configuration that will address the specific needs of disadvantaged communities and demonstrate the configuration's commercial viability and replicability.
This waste-to-energy containerized microgrid uses woody biomass feedstocks such as woodchips, walnut shells, and palm kernal shells. This biomass gasifier produces biochar that can be used as a soil amendment that sequesters carbon. This project includes assessment of biochar produced in standalone mode and through extended equipment operation run time to collect performance test data.