ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING FOR LADWP
OWENS LAKE IN CALIFORNIA
LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER & POWER
It is a challenge to keep environmental monitoring equipment powered in remote locations. Extending transmission lines is both expensive and time consuming even for utility companies, leaving most off-grid installations to rely solely on fossil fuel generators for power.
While these conventional fuel generators are acceptable solutions, they are not ideal. They require regular fueling, monitoring, and maintenance, which can present a considerable drain on resources. When monitoring harsh environments, the life and reliability of the generator will be significantly reduced. Diesel, gasoline, and propane generators are also notorious for emitting large amounts of noise and particulate emissions, often contaminating or negating monitoring efforts.
The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) faced similar challenges in providing reliable power to their environmental monitoring systems surrounding Owens Lake in California. LADWP’s monitoring program requires 99.999% uptime, 365 days a year, with no emissions, and minimal maintenance.
LADWP’s environmental monitoring systems at Owen’s Lake are powered by the ZeroBase H-Series. Each system stores and manages 9kW of solar PV on ballasted arrays. 80kWh of advanced battery storage ensures days of operation through poor weather. An automatic backup LP generator is included with each system. After the project is complete, the H-Series and solar array can be moved leaving no impact on the site.
THE ZEROBASE H-SERIES REDUCES MAINTENANCE TIME FROM 25 HOURS PER WEEK TO 1 HOUR PER WEEK. A 96% REDUCTION IN MAINTENANCE.
ZeroBase is the leading innovator in renewable and hybrid distributed power products. ZeroBase specializes in rugged off-grid systems that deliver power to some of the most remote locations on the planet.