- Nov 12, 2014
Case Study: Hudson Yards’ Microgrid Advances Adoption of District-Spanning Energy Generation
By Brad Berton, Contributing Writer
The $20 billion Hudson Yards mixed-use community—the largest private American real estate development ever undertaken—appears destined to become one of the most technologically advanced and energy-efficient mega-projects the U.S. has seen. Where else will a network of vacuum tubes whisk organic waste to a central terminal through chutes on each floor of residential buildings?
Not only will its vast networks of sensors and other data points allow property operators to monitor and react to all manner of useful data from its various structures in real time, and hence help developers bill Hudson Yards as the nation’s first “quantified community.” The development game plan also entails extending those connectivity and control capabilities to energy generation, transmission, consumption and even pricing throughout the 28-acre Midtown Manhattan project, further advancing the transformative trend toward district-spanning energy microgrids.
No doubt a lot of interested parties will be monitoring how effectively development partners Related Cos. and Oxford Properties Group will be able to pull off their unprecedentedly ambitious plans for their 17.5 million-square-foot high-rise district—the first phase of which is now rising from a dazzlingly engineered platform atop an active rail yard. And given the strong pre-leasing activity in phase one’s office towers and retail complex, it will not be too long before they get an early read on performance of the potentially game-changing microgrid the Hudson Yards engineering team continues devising even as construction progresses.