In 2018, the Charge Bliss team continued to make adjustments to the microgrid controller software developed under the agreement to optimize the hospital's energy savings and to increase system run time to 98%. There has been a considerable amount of publicity and information shared with the public. Since the opening ceremony, the project has been highlighted in several articles from local media to industry magazines. The team has performed several presentations to interested groups including the California Society of Hospital Engineers (CSHE) and the Hospital Building Safety Board (HBSB), a division of California's Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD). The final report was received and is available online.
This project is demonstrating the ability of a microgrid to support and sustain the functions of a healthcare facility and to overcome barriers to its deployment. The Charge Bliss team successfully designed, engineered, procured, constructed, and commissioned the microgrid systems at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Richmond, California. This included developing a next-generation microgrid controller capable of optimizing renewable energy generation, storage, and delivery and islanding and providing critical system support.
The project is projected to save the hospital nearly 20 percent of its baseline utility cost annually.
Use of the microgrid is expected to provide environmental benefits by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 214 tons of carbon dioxide per year through the use of renewables.
Key Project Members
The Regents of California, San Diego
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Charge Bliss Construction California, Inc. DBA Faraday Microgrids
Florida State University
Skelly Electric Inc.
Dersch Design & Engineering
Pacific Design Architecture, Inc.
SunPower Corporation, Systems
Princeton Power Systems, Inc.
Kaiser Permanente National Facilities Services