By Juan Pedro Tomás
Honeywell said the alliance will integrate distributed energy resources owned by Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions with its battery energy storage systems and Smart Cities Software solution
Honeywell and Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions (DESS), a commercial brand of Duke Energy, announced a deal to jointly develop and deliver comprehensive energy resiliency solutions to targeted markets across the United States.
The strategic alliance will strengthen energy security, focusing on communities with pressing resiliency needs, and develop scaled solutions to lessen the impact of power outages and other grid disruptions related to climate change.
The municipal microgrids created by Honeywell and DESS will help cities continue to provide essential services during these types of outages. Honeywell noted that this technology will allow communities to properly power water distribution and wastewater treatment plants or community centers so that citizens have access to fresh water and climate-controlled facilities even in the wake of disasters.
“A smart city starts with resilient and sustainable energy resources,” said general manager, Smart Cities and Communities, Honeywell Building Technologies, Matthew Britt. “Our collaboration with DESS will create energy resiliency programs that help cities and communities better prepare for unexpected events as well as help manage and measure progress of their long-term environmental, social and governance goals.”
The alliance will integrate distributed energy resources owned by Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions – including solar photovoltaic (PV) and resiliency solutions – with Honeywell’s battery energy storage systems and Smart Cities Software solution to manage the microgrid deployments alongside city-owned assets.
“Investing in energy infrastructure is a national priority that requires strategic vision, innovative solutions, and a world-class team to implement effectively,” said senior vice president, Sales and Relationship Management, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, Robert Vary. “Our alliance with Honeywell expands our reach, strengthens our capabilities, and accelerates our ability to innovate for cities nationwide.”
Under the terms of the deal, Honeywell will lead solutions development, using its IoT platform, building technologies and system-of-systems command and control capabilities, while Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions will own and manage the energy assets.
The effort supports the Honeywell Energy Equity Resiliency (HEER) initiative which works to create energy equity and community resiliency through innovative solutions and alliances to address energy efficiency, improve peak load management, and decrease grid disruptions due to climate change. Using the Honeywell City Suite Software, the HEER initiative can integrate multiple software systems into a single platform for complete command and control across municipal, utility, and commercial assets and systems.
The Honeywell City Suite Software is an artificial intelligence enabled IoT platform that integrates data from critical city infrastructure systems such as traffic, streetlights, environment, emergency services, public safety and security, and utilities into a single, unified view. The Honeywell City Suite is deployed in 75 cities worldwide.