NEWS IN THE WORLD OF POWER AND INTEGRATED BUILDING SYSTEMS
World’s Largest Wind, Energy-Storage Project Proposed
IN RESPONSE TO A CALL for new clean-energy projects
from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Rhode Island-based
Deepwater Wind submitted a proposal to partner with Tesla to
create Revolution Wind, the largest combined offshore wind and
energy-storage project in the world.
Baker is asking for proposals from solar-, water- and wind-power companies for projects that will provide up to 1,200
megawatts (MW) of energy to the state. This will be the largest
renewable-energy contract in New England’s history.
Deepwater Wind, which built the first offshore U.S. wind
farm, has its proposal in the pot. The 144-MW offshore wind
farm would be paired with a 40 MW-hour Tesla battery
storage system. Revolution Wind energy could power 80,000
Massachusetts households per year.
“People may be surprised by just how affordable and reliable
this clean-energy combo will be,” said Deepwater Wind CEO
Jeffrey Grybowski in a press release. “The [state’s] ratepayers
will benefit from increased competition and declining costs.”
Grybowski said the wind farm would be scalable and could
expand to include other New England states. Or, it could remain
small to fit the region’s energy gaps. It could be built in a single
construction season and developed over time with less risk than
larger projects typically face.
If approved, construction
on Revolution Wind would
begin in 2022 and be
ready to operate by 2023.
Deepwater Wind also
submitted alternative bids
for larger 288-MW and
smaller 96-MW versions and
plans to submit an offshore-wind proposal under
Massachusetts’ separate 83C
offshore wind request for proposals.
The project has the capacity to create hundreds of local jobs,
including base construction and operations, turbine assembly
and staging, and long-term operations and maintenance in New
Bedford, Mass. The wind farm would be built off the coast of
Massachusetts, 30 miles from the mainland and adjacent to the
South Fork Wind Farm, a 90-MW project scheduled to begin
serving Long Island, N. Y., in 2022.
Also, the company is currently developing the Skipjack Wind
Farm, a 120-MW project, scheduled to begin serving Maryland
in late 2022.
Georgia Tech Engages Students in the Study of Living Buildings
COLLEGE CAMPUSES ARE GREAT
proving grounds for testing the boundaries
of building energy efficiency. This fall,
students at Georgia Tech in Atlanta are
participating in six pilot projects intended
to explore improvements in the design,
construction, operation and evaluation of
sustainable buildings. The projects were
made possible with a $30 million grant
from the Kendeda Fund.
All of the projects are tied into the
which the university
expects to become the
advanced education and
research building ever
constructed in the
gives future occupants,
In a second project, graduate students
will use building information modeling
(BIM) to identify, visualize and report on
materials from a toxic “Red List” and other
environmental aspects of the project.
In an ecology course, professors and
students will pore over plants and animals
on the Living Building site, before and
Another project will
allow 5 to 10 students
to serve as “Living
Champions” to engage
students in the
building’s design and
develop an interactive dashboard to
monitor and display energy, water and
other aspects of the Living Building.
Finally, Georgia Tech’s Center
for Education Integrating Science,
Mathematics and Computing will
disseminate lesson plans and student
materials for a multiyear learning
experience, targeted at low-income and
underrepresented middle school students.
The Living Building Challenge is a
green building certification program and
sustainable design framework from the
International Living Future Institute.
It visualizes the ideal for the built
environment. Its buildings are regenerative
spaces that connect occupants to light,
air, food, nature and community. They
are self-sufficient and remain within the
resource limits of their site, produce more
energy than they use, and collect and treat
all water on site. Additionally, they are
healthy and beautiful.