A “first-of-its-kind” demonstration project showcasing energy management technology that could not only enable buildings to provide grid flexibility but also help expand electric vehicle (EV) capacity in New York City has been announced.
The $3 million (£2m) Blueprint for LeFrak City project, located at a residential development in Corona, Queens, aims to show that by combining co-ordinated management of distributed energy resources such as solar, batteries, flexible loads and EV chargers with its demand responsiveness to load needs, the net burden can be reduced at peak times.
It will also demonstrate the same amount of EV charging can be done with less infrastructure, helping reduce utility upgrade costs.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and technology company Blueprint Power announced the project, which supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s goal to transition the state to a zero emission power grid by 2040.
The demonstration project seeks to show how networked buildings, onsite clean energy technologies and EV charging can help decarbonise buildings and transportation in New York City, while collecting data to analyse building loads to optimise solar, storage and EV charger installations.
The Blueprint network will use automation and machine learning to secure a reliable flow of energy and data to and from existing infrastructure and export any excess energy not consumed by the building loads to the utility.
Robyn Beavers, Co-founder and CEO of Blueprint Power said: “The infrastructure required to ready a site for EV charging is a significant cost driver and frequent roadblock for anyone who wants to offer EV charging on their property.
“Blueprint is thrilled to demonstrate how the software platform we built to decarbonise buildings in a financially attractive way can simultaneously deliver cost-effective decarbonisation of our city’s transportation fleets.”