Renewable Energy & Emerging Technologies

Assessing the feasibility and functional potential of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydro and emerging technologies is critical from multiple perspectives. These include operational factors such as power availability and interconnection, but also costs and practicality based on location and interconnectivity To make these decisions wisely, EN Engineering offers assessment tools such as inspection gap analyses that are known to save both prospective and active projects millions of dollars. Developers seeking insights on the viability of new solutions to sell power to delivery systems benefit greatly from assessments on land proximity, network connectivity, and NERC compliance. When it comes to implementation, our interconnection expertise identifies challenges in advance and bridges gaps that even existing players in the electrical industry are known to miss. Depending on the need for investigation, the technical, economic and engineering components of a renewable project can be assessed separately or together. That includes the potential impacts of environmental issues or regulatory constraints that often enter the process. 

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The outlook for solar energy in the foreseeable future is driven by photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP), the key technologies driving solar energy development projects. Syncing these energy technologies requires expertise in interconnection, storage, transmission, and data analytics to drive intelligent planning and integration. As one of the leading electrical energy engineering consulting companies in the United States, EN Engineering advises solar energy decision-makers and developers on technical and financial planning for solar energy producers nationwide. 

Offshore wind technology holds enormous capacity for energy generation in the future. Planning and developing these resources require intelligent investment of expertise and financial resources. EN Engineering collaborates with energy developers to assess both capacity and potential profitability based on factors such as location, grid accessibility, interconnection, energy storage, and distribution. Designing a robust and maximally productive offshore wind facility is a matter of assessing numerous determining factors. These include environmental and regulatory measures, supporting access points for construction or deployment, approval, permitting, and interconnection.

By now the sight of onshore wind farms is common to most Americans. What isn’t well-known is how the energy created by those wind-driven blades gets developed and distributed to the grid. At EN Engineering, we do. Yet making that happen is not just a matter of plugging into the grid. Determining the proper points of interconnection to the utility grid that enable wind farm developers to plan accordingly with confidence in all aspects of operational and regulatory standards.  Feasibility and impact studies are conducted to examine potential reliability impacts injecting power at locations.  System reinforcements may be necessary to maintain delivery and reliability which can be an important cost component for the viability of the project. The distributed collector systems are designed based on maximize efficiency and output.   The expertise offered by EN Engineering extends to managing the implementation to the generation interconnection to the grid operator or planning coordinator and supporting the ongoing management needs of the wind facility including maintaining compliance with NERC and any other regional compliance requirements.

The world of energy storage in response to renewable energy continues to evolve through traditional modes of capacity management such as pumped hydro to emerging technologies including thermal, compressed air, hydrogen, flywheels, batteries, and exchange systems accommodating energy return from these storage systems. Assessing the expense and practicality of these technologies, along with incentives such as renewable energy standards (RES) and renewable energy credits (REC) is where the nationwide expertise and regionally dedicated staff of EN Engineering is proving vital to the planning and success of energy storage projects across the United States.

The diversity of renewable energy sources contributing to distributed energy development requires immense expertise to resolve specific challenges in connecting to the grid. EN Engineering brings the power of data analytics to the task of helping energy partners achieve better performance and efficiency. Our clients also turn to us for expertise in local, state, and federal policies and regulations for insight on the practicality and affordability of distributed energy development projects. No matter the energy source, EN Engineering offers resources to help clients meet objectives and goals in distributed energy development. Our nationwide staff of power generation and delivery experts offers remote capability, automation, and regional support through strategically located offices.

Creating a microgrid frequently centers around financial objectives, including the ability to sell power back to the grid. Yet there are also practical and philosophical reasons why microgrids get developed for power generation, including energy independence and environmental considerations. Our front-end studies enable clients to determine the viability and affordability of microgrid strategies at all levels of implementation. Yet our engineering teams work hand-in-hand with clients in developing and managing microgrids at every stage and scale of operation from design to commissioning. These services deliver energy resiliency and enhance reliability including interconnection to the ever-evolving electric grid.

Growth in use of electric vehicles including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and all-electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States is on the rise. As battery technology improves on many fronts, including lithium-ion batteries, nickel-metal hydride batteries, lead-acid batteries, and ultracapacitors, the potential for the practicality of using these electric vehicles as energy storage units with the ability to store and return energy to the grid has evolved as a component in a distributed energy industry system. Planning their connection to the grid in a distributed energy system is one of many ways EN Engineering is working toward the future of power generation and delivery.

High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) and Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) are opening new pathways to system planning where sources of renewable electricity are concerned. Variable sources of energy such as wind and solar farms produce periods of passive and active transmission. Processing this power for delivery requires entirely new management modes. With pending retirements of legacy power systems such as coal, the demand for versatility in connecting renewable power sources to the grid is growing by the day. Preparing for that future is what EN Engineering does for clients across a spectrum of needs. Our nationwide network of power generation and delivery experts and strategically located regional offices provides deep-level knowledge, remote functionality, and direct consultation and planning for every type of project.

Cogeneration works almost anywhere, which is why EN Engineering with its nationwide reach and strategically located regional offices is consulting with clients to plan generation projects nearer the point of consumption than other alternative energy sources. Our engineers deliver insight on repurposing existing facilities with thermal energy recapture, using a range of dedicated fuels to generate electricity and power onsite. The viability and cost-effectiveness of these techniques is proving valuable to a wide range of users. Capturing and repurposing energy makes sense, and EN Engineering provides the expertise to make it happen for clients across industrial, commercial, institutional, and public/private campuses across the United States.

As the energy grid expands thanks to distributed energy generation and storage, even formerly marginal energy sources such as renewable natural gas are proving their worth as next-generation solutions. Landfills and other methane sources such as agricultural plants and farms present considerable potential as biomethane natural gas producers. Helping companies put that energy source to use through upgrades to natural gas pipeline standards is just one of the ways that EN Engineering is providing support and direction in the renewable natural gas marketplace.

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