2-MW solar microgrid will support California biofuel refinery

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total energy When schneider electric has begun construction of a 2 MW solar microgrid system with a 1.25 MW battery energy storage system in California. Once construction is complete, the solar microgrid will be integrated with the natural gas producer’s new Rockwell/Allen Bradley Distributed Control System (DCS). EmetisKey’s Advanced Fuels Biorefinery.

The foundation for the solar array is currently under construction, with project completion scheduled for Q2 2023. TotalEnergies will act as the PV supplier and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project.

Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO of Aemetis, said: “This microgrid, along with other energy-saving technologies implemented at our low-carbon ethanol facility, will further reduce the carbon intensity score of the fuel ethanol produced.”

The AI-enabled control system runs on virtualized servers, reducing the amount of computer hardware by 80% and requiring less power to operate than traditional systems. Virtual environments also help reduce planned and unplanned downtime.

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