Spanning his career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and now at muGrid Analytics, Dr. Travis Simpkins has consulted on some of the most significant microgrids and renewable energy projects built to date all.
Solar Energy Projects
Hyatt Regency Maui
The Hyatt Regency Maui energized one of the largest roof top solar arrays on the island of Maui in 2016. The 598-kW system provides in excess of 6% of the resorts energy needs. Under a subcontract with Resort Energy Ventures, muGrid Analytics performed the solar feasibility study for the project including the building the business case for the project. muGrid is now contracted to provide monthly performance monitoring to insure that the system produces at peak efficiency.
Solar array on Hyatt Regency Maui
Fairmont Kea Lani
The Fairmont Kea Lani energized a 500-kW roof-top solar array in 2016. Under a subcontract from Resort Energy Ventures, we completed the feasibility study and are now contracted to provide monthly performance monitoring to insure the system continues to perform at peak efficiency.
Fairmont Kea Lani solar array
AvalonBay is the second largest exchanged-listed apartment real estate investment trust (REIT) in the US with multi-family housing communities on both the east and west coasts. muGrid Analytics, in collaboration with our partners, is helping AvalonBay develop solar projects across their portfolio as part of their commitment to sustainability. muGrid Analytics used big data techniques and our Redcloud energy optimization platform to efficiently analyze over 280 communities in the AvalonBay portfolio for solar potential. Mark Delisi, Director of Corporate Responsibility at AvalonBay, describes their approach to solar development in this video with REIT.com.
Resorts in Baja California, Mexico
muGrid Analytics, in partnership with ReCon Associates, is performing microgrid feasibility studies for multiple greenfield resorts in Baja California Sur. These resorts face challenges obtaining sufficient, reliable power from the local utilities which can make grid-connected microgrids an economically viable option. These systems can also provide when the main electrical is comprised during severe weather, as happened during Hurricane Odile in 2015. Many of these expect to purify water onsite which affords an opportunity to optimize the energy-water nexus by using renewables such as solar to treat water during the day when the sun is shining, and then store it for use at night.
We are providing optimized grid-connected microgrid configurations, including water treatment and storage, using our Redcloud energy optimization platform.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam
The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is building a series of interconnected microgrids at Pearl Harbor as a testbed to demonstrate the potential increased resiliency they can provide. Design of the project has been awarded to Burns & McDonnell by the the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT), part of the High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC). Through a subcontract with MilTech, muGrid Analytics has been engaged to provide tech scouting of potential energy storage technologies and fuel cell options that may be used in the design.
Solar array at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam
Joint Base Cape Cod / Otis Air National Guard Base
Dr. Simpkins advised on the early economic modeling for the energy storage system.
Pacific Missile Range Facility
Located on the island of Kauai, PMRF is evaluating the installation of a 44 MW solar array along with a storage battery that will both reduce costs and increase the energy security of the facility. It will also provide power to much of the island by feeding electricity onto Kauai Island Utility Cooperative’s energy grid.
Dr. Simpkins advised on the techno-economic modeling for the base.
Map of PMRF courtesy of US Navy
Fort Hunter Liggett
Fort Hunter Liggett, an army base in California, is combining a 2 MW solar array with a 1 MWh battery to form a grid-connected microgrid. The system will reduce utility cost during normal operation with the capability to island during grid outages.
Dr. Simpkins assisted with the dispatch optimization for the solar plus storage system.
Fort Hunter Liggett Battery
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Resilient Service Stations Project
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many gas stations were unable to pump fuel from underground tanks due to a lack of power. MassCEC is focusing on increasing the resiliency of service stations by exploring the use of renewables and batteries, possibly in combination with diesel generators, to avoid such a situation in the future.
Dr. Simpkins performed much of the initial resiliency modeling which helped prove the concept. This led MassCEC to launch a Request for Information (RFI) and a Request for Proposals (RFP) to demonstrate the concept of resilient service stations in the state.
Naval Support Activity Crane
Landlocked 30 miles southwest of Bloomington, Indiana, NAS Crane is the third largest naval facility in the world. The project consists of a 145 acre, 17 MW solar array that is a joint effort between the Navy and Duke Energy which will operate the plant. The electricity produced will be used to power the surrounding community during normal operation, but will be directed inward to help provide critical power to the base during an emergency grid outage.
Dr. Simpkins assisted during the early stages of the energy modeling and resiliency analysis.
17 MW NSA Crane solar array