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Port of Los Angeles project to pioneer clean energy use

Steve Rogerson
August 9, 2016



A $27m project at the Port of Los Angeles will integrate a number of electric vehicles and cargo handling equipment into terminal operations while also featuring a 1MW rooftop solar installation, backed by battery storage with 2.6MWh of capacity.
 
Burns & McDonnell is providing design-build engineering and overall project management services for the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project, a showcase of how sustainable, clean energy can revolutionise marine terminal operations.
 
Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals and the Port of Los Angeles are launching the project as a proving ground for how zero and near-zero emissions technologies can dramatically reduce pollutants and improve energy resiliency at marine terminals and industrial facilities around the world.
 
The result will be a clean energy microgrid that can allow terminal operations to continue in the event of a widespread power outage.
 
The project is funded in part by a $14.5m grant from the California Air Resources Board as part of a wide-ranging effort to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants throughout the state.
 
"The Port of Los Angeles is the busiest gateway for commerce in America, so what better place to demonstrate an all-new approach to eliminating greenhouse gases and other harmful emissions," said Renita Mollman, vice president and general manager of Burns & McDonnell's California region.
 
Matt Wartian, will serve as project manager for the duration of the engineering design, construction and start-up phases of the project. Engineering is set to begin this summer, with construction beginning in October and complete by mid-2017.
 
"Burns & McDonnell has successfully executed a number of microgrid projects incorporating solar and zero emissions technology, but the Omni Green Terminal Project will set a whole new standard," said Wartian. "We expect a number of other facilities will be launching similar zero-emissions projects based on the results from the Omni Green Terminal."
 
The solar power system will be the centrepiece of the project. It will operate in parallel with the Los Angeles area grid through energy management system controls that will enable the terminal to island and continue operating as a microgrid for a limited period of time in the event of a widespread power outage. With key elements of the Omni Terminal remaining operational during an outage, it will function as a depot for emergency goods and services to the broader southern California region.
 
The terminal also will feature a charging infrastructure that efficiently converts AC to DC power needed for battery-powered vehicles and equipment. The chargers allow battery-stored electricity to be converted to AC power needed for motors and drives or to charge other vehicles. Electric equipment at the terminal will include: battery-powered drayage trucks and yard tractors to move goods throughout the terminal and two 21-ton forklifts and a top handler for loading and unloading goods.
 
Another feature will be installation of the ShoreCat marine exhaust treatment system with the ability to capture more than 90 per cent of emissions, including CO2 emissions, from stacks of berthed ships at the terminal. Berthed ships are the largest sources of greenhouse gases and priority pollutants at marine ports worldwide.
 
All the improvements at the terminal are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3230 tons per year, diesel particulate matter by 0.6 tons per year, nitrogen oxides by 26 tons per year and reactive organic gases by 1.4 tons per year. All the improvements will be the equivalent of removing 14,100 vehicles from the roadways in southern California.
 
"The Green Omni Terminal Project will be a scalable model to upgrade the 26 other terminals at the Port of Los Angeles, as well as other terminals worldwide," said Wartian. "Design-build project delivery will also demonstrate why it is the best system to make these complex improvements and upgrades with no interruption to on-going terminal operations."