Phase-2 of this project built out the AC-coupled distribution system in the other half of the new battery room, including more batteries, more power-electronics, and much more conduit, wire, control, and monitoring components. Phase-2 provides power and backup to the AC loads for all of the offices in the building.
As with many academic and commercial buildings that were not designed to be “solar ready”, it can be challenging to find safe and cost-effective places for equipment inside the building. In our Completed Project profile, we describe the inverter room in this building that we converted from an unused sauna.
For this project, we converted unused space under an exterior stairwell to a battery and power-electronics control room for the nanogrid and resilient energy systems. The new battery room has fire protection, climate control, and emergency control and response systems to enable protection of occupants and accessibility for emergency responders should there ever be the need in the building.