GHG Emissions, Industrial, Microgrids  -  March 22, 2019

II‐VI Incorporated deploys microgrid for NJ plant

II‐VI Incorporated, a manufacturer of engineered materials and optoelectronic components, is lowering its carbon footprint, reducing water use and improving air quality with a new microgrid at its Warren, New Jersey manufacturing facility.

The II-VI microgrid addresses growing power needs at the company’s facility, which has ramped up production in the past year to meet the demand for its 3D sensing technology, according to a statement from Bloom Energy, which built the 2.5-megawatt power system.

“With the local electric utility unable to supply more power quickly enough to keep up with its growth, II-VI sought an on-site grid-independent power solution to keep growing and to grow ‘greener’. Using the microgrid as its primary source of power, II-VI expects to reduce CO2 emissions by 15 million lbs per year relative to the power the company would have bought from the New Jersey grid. The statement noted that about 50% of the power generated in New Jersey grid comes from combusting fossil fuels.

“We faced two significant challenges bringing production levels up at our Warren facility. First, we needed a solution that would deliver power in months not years. Second, we wanted to decrease our overall carbon footprint,” said Dr. Giovanni Barbarossa, chief technology officer and president,  Laser Solutions, II-VI Incorporated. “Bloom Energy delivered on both fronts. We’re excited to be working with them to fulfill our energy demands now and into the future.”

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