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Boston Community Energy Study

14 September 2017

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Presentation—Eric Morgan: The Boston Community Energy Study

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with MIT Lincoln Laboratory hosted this webinar on the Boston Citywide Energy Study.

Superstorm Sandy illustrated the economic and human impact that severe weather can have on urban areas such as New York City. While flooding and wind damaged or destroyed some of the energy infrastructure, all installed microgrids in the New York City region remained operational during Sandy, including those at Princeton University, Goldman Sachs, New York University, and Co-op City. The resilience provided by these microgrids sparked renewed interest in pursuing more microgrid deployments as means to increase resiliency throughout the nation and in the face of many potential threats, including severe weather events, and potentially terrorism. This webinar explored one of the outcomes from this renewed interest, the Boston Community Energy Study.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory has been engaged with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Energy and the City of Boston in this Community Energy Study to explore the potential for microgrid deployment within Boston’s thriving neighborhoods. Using hourly simulated building energy data for every building in Boston, provided by the Sustainable Design Lab on MIT campus, MIT Lincoln Laboratory was able to develop an approach that can identify zones within the city where microgrids could be implemented with a high return on investment in terms of resiliency, offering both cost savings and social benefit in the face of grid outages. An important part of this approach leverages a microgrid optimization tool developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with whom the MIT Lincoln Laboratory is now collaborating on microgrid modeling work. Using the microgrid optimization tool, along with building energy use data, 42 community microgrids were identified, including 10 multiuser microgrids, 10 energy justice microgrids and 22 emergency microgrids.

The webinar presentations were followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.


Eric MorganEric Morgan, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Eric Morgan is a member of the Technical Staff in the Energy Systems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. At LL, Eric works on adding renewable energy and energy storage to tactical DoD microgrids and has researched microgrid development for the City of Boston. Additionally, Eric does research on novel direct energy conversion devices, renewable fuel synthesis and cutting edge solid fuel-powered systems. Prior to working at LL, Eric worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Northern Arizona University, where he helped pioneer marine energy harvesting techniques for ocean sensing, designed and assembled a mobile methanol synthesis unit, researched solar irradiance smoothing in large photovoltaic plants and analyzed wind power systems for the production of ammonia fertilizer.