Michael Gaffney

Track J: Energy Storage
Wed/PM 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Senior Engineer
The Pasha Group
United States
Pasha’s Green and Resilient Shipping Terminal: Microgrid, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy (Wind, Solar, Crane Regen) and EVs

Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals (PST), located in Wilmington CA, goal is to operate the shipping terminal with net-zero emissions and on 100% renewable energy. In this presentation we will discuss our lessons learned from our green initiatives to date and path forward. Specifically, we will discuss our microgrid presently being installed and our heavy-duty electric powered yard equipment. The microgrid will enable the terminal to “Island” and offload a ship without being connected to the grid. The microgrid consists of the following: a microgrid controller, two 1.2 MWh 750 kVA containerized battery energy storage systems, a 1 MW DC solar system, an 18-kW micro wind turbine (WindWall) installed 150 feet up on top of a ship to shore (STS) crane, and regenerative energy from the STS cranes. Our heavy-duty electric vehicles consist of high-capacity forklifts, yard tractors, and Class 8 on-road drayage trucks.

Mr. Gaffney is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. His experiences include: Lead Energy Auditor, Corporate Energy Management Consultant, Energy Management Training Consultant and Instructor, Technical Fleet Contract Manager for eleven Military Sealift Command ships, Port Engineer for several shipping companies, and served as Chief Engineer on numerous ships. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Gaffney has been focusing his efforts on maritime energy management. He is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Auditor, Certified Power Quality Professional, and a senior engineer with Marine Design and Operations.

Presently Mr. Gaffney is supporting The Pasha Group with their resiliency and green initiatives on their ships and shipping terminals.

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