Metro's Sustainability Initiative, adopted in 2014, sets ten targets that launch the Authority and region on the path to becoming the most sustainable in the nation. These targets include a number of items that are of interest to the Energy Engineering community. A Net-Zero Energy Facility and Wayside Energy Storage are two fascinating examples.
Additional Speaker - From Kawasaki Rail Car
Mr. Francis has worked in the rail industry for most of his professional life. Working for the last 18 years with Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc. Since transitioning to "semi-retired" from his last position as Director of Projects, he has been a consultant with KRC primarily focused on the Battery Power System applications in New York City Transit and for the last 3 years with the WMATA application as the KRC Project Manager. Mr. Francis will be sharing details of the wayside energy storage project.
Kawasaki established Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc., also known as KRC, in Yonkers, New York. In addition to providing contract
administration, project management, warranty and marketing functions. KRC houses a 150,000 square feet manufacturing facility equipped for fabrication, assembly, overhauls, rehabilitations and static and dynamic function testing of all types of rail cars. Kawasaki Rail Car was one of the first U.S. rail car manufacturers to achieve ISO-9001 certification.
11:00 - 11:30 Registration/Networking
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 2:00 WMATA PRESENTATION
2:00 - 3:00 Questions/Networking/Conclusion
TOPICS OF INTEREST INCLUDE:
Wayside Energy Storage Pilot
For more than 20 years, Metro's rail cars have captured and reused some of the electric energy that would otherwise be wasted when they brake through a process called regenerative braking. This process converts the excess
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kinetic energy, as the vehicle slows, to electric energy which can be stored and reused for propulsion power. Building on this technology, Metro recently completed tests to capture and utilize even more of the energy during braking through wayside battery storage. Energy Efficient Station Chiller Upgrades. As part of Metro's sustainability efforts, upgrades to chiller plant equipment consists of replacing old systems that have reached or exceeded their anticipated life with more modern, energy efficient units. The new chillers feature oil-free operation, variable-speed magnetic-bearing compressors, and
variable frequency drives.
Parking Garage Lighting Systems
Metro has awarded a zero-cost, performance-based contract for the replacement of over 13,000 parking garage light fixtures. Outdated and inefficient lighting will be replaced with new high efficiency LED lighting that will create a brighter environment for riders, use less electricity, and lower costs. Metro's First Net-Zero, or Energy Neutral Facility Metro's new Largo storm water facility is now fully functional. Instead of using more traditional heavy duty water pumps the new Largo facility features a combination of gravity-fed
treatment tanks and a high-efficiency mixing system that uses bubbles of compressed air to "circulate" the water. In addition, the facility has a green roof and solar panels that create enough energy to run the plant round the clock.
Our Distinguished WMATA speaker is Daniel Lee! During his ten-year career as a sustainability professional, Daniel has focused on energy efficient facility design and transit-oriented land use planning both in Europe and North America. Daniel manages Metro's Sustainability Lab designed to pilot high efficiency equipment or practices for Authority wide roll out that forms a component of Metro's Sustainability Initiative. The Initiative sets both regional and internal sustainability performance targets for Metro to reduce resource consumption, increase mobility, and enhance transit oriented land use opportunities.