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ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-16 [Final (Synthesis)]

Microgrids and their Application for Airports and Public Transit
[ ACRP 11-03 (Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $75,000
Authorization to Begin Work: 2/1/2017 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Gail R. Staba
Research Agency: Arup
Principal Investigator: Ruby Heard
Effective Date: 6/6/2017
Completion Date: 8/17/2018
Fiscal Year: 2017

TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) and Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) have released a joint report, ACRP Synthesis 91 / TCRP Synthesis 137: Microgrids and Their Application for Airports and Public Transit. The report describes microgrids that airports and public transit agencies can implement to increase resilience of their critical infrastructure. A microgrid is described as a collection of loads, on-site energy sources, local energy storage systems, and an overarching control system. Developments in control technologies have seen advanced microgrid controllers expand microgrid functionality to create new value streams and revenue opportunities, increasing microgrid viability to many more sectors. This synthesis describes the benefits, challenges, costs, revenue streams, and ownership structures relevant to airports and public transit entities.

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