NECA and IBEW Play Key Role in GridSTAR Center Project at Philadelphia Navy Yard
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Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas)--While the Philadelphia Navy Yard was once an important location for the construction, repair and maintenance of U.S. naval vessels, the area began to decline after World War II, as the need for shipbuilding and repair declined. Because of this, the Navy Yard now provides 1,200 acres of prime real estate that is ripe for re-development.
According to Williams J. Agate, Jr., Senior VP of Navy Yard Management and Development for the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, the area has one of the largest, non-military, unregulated grids in the U.S. This makes the Navy Yard a unique spot for research and development of new technologies for smart grid and green energy projects. National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) member HB Frazer and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98 are an important part of this project.
"One of the great resources we have at our disposal here in Philadelphia is the great relationship that exists between NECA and [IBEW] Local 98, and the training infrastructure that exists," says David Riley, an associate professor at Penn State University's Department of Architectural Engineering.
Under the auspices of the GridSTAR Center, several green energy and smart grid projects are under way, including the Net-Zero Energy Modular Home, which allows for the testing of innovative energy technologies in a residential setting. "It was a design-build, we took everything the engineer had, and we had to adapt everything with our means and methods to install it for this particular facility," says Scott Yaffe, an electrician and IBEW Local 98 member. "We were able to take all of our commercial and industrial skills and adapt everything for a residential setting."
In this edition of "Industry Today," learn how the experience and knowledge of the NECA-IBEW team is a key element in the redevelopment of the Philly Navy Yard and how the establishment of a microgrid based on the latest smart grid and renewable energy technologies at the Yard can serve as example for the integration of green energy technologies for the entire country.
ABOUT NECA: The National Electrical Contractors Association, or NECA, has provided more than a century of service to the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA's national and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development.
ABOUT THE IBEW: The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, or IBEW, represents approximately 725,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because it is among the largest and has members in so many skilled occupations. Industrial Info Resources (IIR), with global headquarters in Sugar Land, Texas, three offices in North America and ten international offices, is the leading provider of global market intelligence specializing in the industrial process, heavy manufacturing and energy markets. Industrial Info's quality-assurance philosophy, the Living Forward Reporting Principle, provides up-to-the-minute intelligence on what's happening now, while constantly keeping track of future opportunities.