Javits Panel on Roof

Siemens helps New York’s Javits Center realize a sustainable future

By: Siemens Energy & Performance Services Team

When one of the busiest convention centers in the United States set out to reimagine its energy future, it sought a technology partner that could make a sustainable solution become a reality.

 

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, a decades-long partner of Siemens, located at the epicenter of Manhattan’s budding Hudson Yards neighborhood, understands the emissions impact a 3.3-million-square-foot building has on its community and the environment.

 

Setting a goal to offset the building’s immense 24/7 electric load, the Javits Center decided to turn its ambitions into action by engaging the New York Power Authority to develop and drive the project concept. NYPA conducted a public solicitation to award the project, ultimately selecting Siemens to lead the implementation.

 

Once complete, the project will constitute the largest rooftop solar array and one of the largest battery deployments in Manhattan to date. The energy project will produce over two million kilowatt-hours of solar power in the first year, offsetting more than 3.1 million pounds of carbon emissions annually – equivalent to removing 311 cars from the road or charging more than 173 million cell phones.

 

With buildings currently demanding 40 percent of the world’s energy usage, energy conservation efforts for convention centers are an even greater challenge as these buildings operate on a near 24-hour basis. Understanding this challenge, Siemens will work with the Center to set the sustainability bar for buildings across the globe.

With buildings currently demanding 40 percent of the world’s energy usage, energy conservation efforts for convention centers are an even greater challenge as these buildings operate on a near 24-hour basis. Understanding this challenge, Siemens will work with the Jacob Javits Center to set the sustainability bar for buildings across the globe.

Aiding the Javits Center in its commitment to advancing sustainability and furthering New York state’s path to carbon neutrality, Siemens will design, construct, and install nearly 3,000 solar panels. The unique canopy design, which is built atop existing HVAC units, was created to accommodate the convention center’s green roof without disturbing the roof’s thriving ecosystem, which is currently home to 35 bird species, five bat species and thousands of honeybees.
 

The innovative microgrid incorporates a 3.5-megawatt battery that will allow excess generation from Manhattan’s largest rooftop solar array to be stored for use during times of peak power demand, reducing energy costs and helping New York State meet its aggressive solar and energy-storage targets. Enhancing the efficiency of the electric grid, stored energy will be used during periods of high electricity demand. Using the 3.5-MW energy storage system, the Javits Center will be able to reduce some strain on the grid in the high-usage area of Manhattan. When energy is in high demand, stored energy can be utilized—an energy optimization tactic known as “demand response.”
 

To operate the project, Siemens developed a complex system that leverages Siemens’ Distributed Energy Optimization (DEOP) platform. The cloud-based microgrid software provides real-time monitoring and system operations that optimize performance. The system includes direct interfaces with the previously installed Siemens building and fire-automation systems to ensure seamless operation, including when the microgrid is in “island” mode, or working independently from the grid.

 

Siemens has been a partner of the Javits Center since 1986, providing building controls, fire systems, electrical services and security systems, all managed under our building management system, Desigo CC. With an eye towards sustainability, Siemens has supported the Center’s goals by helping to integrate a truck-marshalling system that efficiently brings delivery trucks indoors to prevent idling and subsequent air pollution on the street. In addition, Siemens helped build an energy dashboard that allows designated engineers and employees to monitor consumption levels for electric, gas and water.
 

After more than three decades of partnership, Siemens will continue to work with the Javits Center to meet its evolving needs—creating infrastructure that is both intelligent while having a positive impact on New York City’s energy future.

Published: October 20, 2021