The logistics development side of a British real estate development firm will build a microgrid that will include on-site natural gas-fired standby power generators for its new energy center.
Energy project developer BasePower has selected Rolls-Royce to provide its mtu microgrid solution for the 2-MW energy center at Symmetry Park. The center is a joint venture with BasePower and real estate logistics firm Tritax Symmetry to provide lower-carbon energy resources for clients at Symmetry Park in Biggleswade, United Kingdom.
The Rolls-Royce portion of the microgrid contract will include two mtu Series 4000 standby generators. Those natural gas-powered gen-sets will provide backup for the Energy Center that will also contain rooftop solar photovoltaic panels, batteries and a combined heat and power (CHP) plant.
The microgrid will help deliver sustainable electricity supply augmenting the local grid. Rolls-Royce full delivery notables includes three mtu CHP plant systems, two mtu EnergyPack battery containuers and microgrid controls.
“One of the priorities our clients have when deciding a new location for their business is power,” Tom Lemming, development director at Tritax Symmetry, said in a statement. “As a responsible developer, we realized the need to supplement and enhance the national grid supply to ensure continual, robust and greener alternative power supply... The installation of energy centers on our parks will provide tenants at the site with greater resilience, more competitive energy and a pathway to fully net zero carbon.”
Tritax Symmetry is a logistics development subsidiary of Tritax Big Box REIT plc. Its collaboration with BasePower at Symmetry Park in Biggleswade is the first under their new partnership.
BasePower is the designer, developer and operator of the energy center projects for Tritax.
The mtu QL battery pack can store 2MWh for deployment when needed in varying times of load demand. The Series 4000 gas-fired generator has a power range of between 775 to 2,535 kW (2.53 MW).
German-based engine manufacturer MTU was part of Daimler-Chysler and later Torgnum until Rolls-Royce acquired the later in 2011.
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