UTILITY POWER GENERATION

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Utilities

Utilities supply power that meets the needs of homes, businesses, hospitals, schools, and factories. Cat® products and services help utilities support the global energy transition.

Next-Generation Power Solutions for Utilities

More than any other industry, utilities face the greatest challenges in addressing the energy transition. While power consumption is projected to triple by 20501, utilities have also been tasked with reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Grid reliability and resilience are also top of mind in the aftermath of extreme weather events and escalating security considerations.

Caterpillar is strategically positioned to help utilities navigate the energy transition through a growing portfolio of power innovations and digital solutions backed by decades of experience supporting utilities worldwide.

We offer traditional generator sets as well as advanced, utility-scale energy storage technologies, and we supply turnkey virtual power plant (VPP) solutions to help utilities monitor, manage, and monetize distributed energy resource (DER) systems.

Contact us today to find out how we can work together to chart a path for your energy transition.

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1 Reference: McKinsey & Company, “Global Energy Perspective 2022

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Excess energy is stored for stabilization as well as for use during unfavorable conditions, such as cloudy days and nighttime. Generator sets supplement the system by powering the microgrid when energy from other sources is unavailable.

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Facility managers worked with their local Cat dealer to install 528 kWp DC (500 kWp AC) of photovoltaic solar panels and 500 kW of short-term energy storage in the form of batteries and ultra capacitors to supplement the generator sets.

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Available worldwide through the Cat dealer network, Cat Microgrid technologies can be purchased as turnkey installations or design-to-order solutions.

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Nearly 25 years ago, Caterpillar opened a proving ground about 30 miles southwest of Tucson, Ariz. The facility includes open-air test areas, where Caterpillar conducts field trials on large mining equipment.

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What we offer that meets your needs

Cat Electric Power provides cost-effective, reliable power for customers supplementing centralized power generation with solar, battery storage, engine generators, and microgrids. Gas generators give you the ability to peak shave while helping you meet your ESG goals.

  • Solar provides sustainable, low-cost power.
  • Energy/battery storage consumes excess power and can be easily dispatched to deploy that electricity during peak periods or power outages, for grid support, or for time shifting of energy.
  • Gas-fueled generator sets (natural gas, renewable natural gas, hydrogen) are modular and relocatable, so they can easily be deployed where they’re most needed in the distribution network. Some gas generators now have fast response and load capabilities. Gas gensets also have the capability to run on alternative fuels.
  • Microgrids can integrate the above technologies into one system.

We also offer engineering design expertise and rental power solutions, in addition to our customer parts and service commitment to whole lifecycle support of your power system.

  • We will continue to work alongside you, our customer, to identify your challenges, understand your requirements, and deliver solutions that help you be more successful.
  • Your local Cat dealer is your source for ongoing service and support.
  • Caterpillar will provide expert consultation on how to design, install, and maintain your utility, including ensuring future grid code compliance.
 

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Discover how Cat Connect helps Lenoir City Utilities monitor backup diesel generator sets remotely at 16 substations. With automatic start capabilities, the Cat generators are set to begin operation in the event of any power interruption. The ability to check the status of the generator sets at the operation center helps staff keep eyes on their assets at sometimes unmanned locations.

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