Commercial, Demand Management, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Solar - June 25, 2019
San Diego Airport announces 2 MW energy storage system
San Diego International Airport (SAN) announced June 25 plans to install a 2 MW/4 MWh battery energy storage system on-site as part of a larger long-term sustainability commitment.
The system, which will be built by ENGIE Storage, is expected to begin operation in early 2020. Paired with the airport’s existing photovoltaic solar system, the new energy storage system will reduce energy charges during peak demand which equate to approximately 40 percent of the airport’s monthly electricity costs, according to a news release.
The airport will be using a comprehensive, software-driven energy storage solution to draw on past and present energy generation and usage data at the airport to calculate optimal charge and discharge cycles for the lithium-ion batteries. This technology, called GridSynergy, is expected to continue to learn and adapt to the airport's energy needs over the next ten years.
"We are continuously exploring ways to operate more efficiently and reduce the airport’s carbon footprint as energy cost and demand rise,” said Kimberly Becker, SAN’s President and CEO. “This system becomes an important tool in that effort by helping to harness our onsite renewable energy opportunities and maximize their benefits well into the future.”
SAN is also working on several other energy initiatives at its location, such as LED lighting retrofits, HVAC efficiency improvements, additional solar and battery storage, and energy efficient design of new facilities to include the proposed replacement of Terminal 1.