Category: Energy Storage
Clean water is one of humankind’s most vital resources. In recent years, natural disasters have challenged the resiliency of systems including municipal water supplies. In 2018 alone, thousands of people were left without clean water after hurricanes and tropical storms caused unprecedented damage in Puerto Rico, as well as Hawaii and several coastal U.S. cities and regions. While these events are certainly worthy of the news coverage and outpouring of assistance they received, globally, power outages and in many cases a simple lack of resources limit access to clean drinking water each and every day.
In Puerto Rico, Blue Planet Energy has been working with key partners on the ground such as Water Mission and American Red Cross to ensure the availability of clean water and electricity in communities, hospitals and schools through the deployment of reliable energy storage systems at water pumping sites and other necessary facilities. After hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico experienced the extended loss of electricity and clean water in several remote areas of the island. On average, Puerto Rican households went 84 days without electricity, 68 days without water and 41 days without cellular service in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
The organization Water Mission took action to restore clean water to remote communities in Puerto Rico. In the past, the group installed many pumping systems powered by generators, but prohibitive fuel costs and poor fuel availability necessitated a more resilient approach. As a result, Water Mission partnered with Blue Planet Energy to integrate energy storage with its pumping systems to develop reliable, environmentally-sound, long-term solutions.
Resilience projects for critical infrastructure that integrate energy storage are not only applicable in developing world applications. Natural disasters including hurricanes, flooding and wildfires are occurring with an increased frequency and impact communities around the globe. Decentralized solar-plus-storage systems and microgrids provide resiliency to infrastructures that can save lives and speed recovery efforts. This session provides an overview of the challenges Puerto Rico continues to face post Hurricane Maria, presents solar-plus-storage solutions designed for water pumping applications, outlines the model Water Mission uses to create systems that are sustainable for the long-term, and the highlights the outcomes of successful projects already in place.
Gregg Murphy– VP of Business Development, Blue Planet Energy