Renewable Microgrid for a Medical Center

A clean, renewable microgrid can allow hospital to provide critical care during emergencies

Charge Bliss, Inc.

Recipient

Lake Forest, CA

Recipient Location

37th

Senate District

68th

Assembly District

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$4,776,171

Amount Spent

closed

Completed

Project Status

Project Result

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.

The Issue

California needs to make better use of locally available renewable energy to increase resiliency and address climate change impacts such as increased fires, severe storms, and heatwaves. Critical facilities, such as hospitals, are especially vulnerable to climate change impacts that disrupt the normal delivery of energy needed for their operation. Microgrids can help increase the resiliency of critical facilities such as hospitals through maximizing use of local renewable energy with energy storage.

Project Innovation

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.

Project Goals

Design a renewable energy microgrid for a healthcare facility
Demonstrate ability to island the life/safety branch of hospital electrical operations
Achieve significant energy and demand cost savings in a hospital
Design and deploy a novel microgrid controller

Project Benefits

This project demonstrates the value of a microgrid to healthcare facilities, including the reduction in energy costs, which are substantial for healthcare facilities, and the ability to support life and safety functions for three hours or longer to supplement existing backup generation and improve the energy reliability of hospitals in crisis situations. In collaboration with the governing agency Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), the CEC and Charge Bliss are forging new methods and standards to support the resiliency and autonomy of critical healthcare facilities. This project helps inform deliberation of the requirement for healthcare facilities to have diesel backup.

Lower Costs

Affordability

The project is projected to save the hospital nearly 20 percent of its baseline utility cost annually.

Environmental & Public Health

Environmental Sustainability

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

David Bliss

David Bliss

CEO
Project Member

David Bliss

COO
Charge Bliss

Subrecipients

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The Regents of California, San Diego

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Bay Area Air Quality Management District

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OSISoft, LLC

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Charge Bliss Construction California, Inc. DBA Faraday Microgrids

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Florida State University

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Mazzetti, Inc.

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Skelly Electric Inc.

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Dersch Design & Engineering

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Pacific Design Architecture, Inc.

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SunPower Corporation, Systems

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Match Partners

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Princeton Power Systems, Inc.

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OSISoft, LLC

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Kaiser Permanente National Facilities Services

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