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Renewable Energy Design Fort Sumter National Monument

Charleston, South Carolina

Market Sector



Energy and Environmental

Services Provided

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering/ESD, Seismic Analysis and Design, Program Management, Planning, Architecture



Under its Indefinite Delivery Contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) served as lead design engineer and project manager in support of the National Park Service (NPS) Sumter Energy Project at Fort Sumter National Monument.

TYLI provided the design and quality review of a value analysis for both a hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) system and a new photovoltaic (PV) solar system to meet a predetermined percentage of the site’s total power demand. The team also generated a feasibility study and schematic design for issuing a design-build construction project RFP.

Located on a small island near the Charleston Harbor entrance in South Carolina, historic Fort Sumter is the area's most-visited tourist attraction, with 750,000 annual visitors.

Project Highlights:

  • Integrated into the site’s newly-upgraded electrical system, the HFC system generally consists of an electrolyzer, hydrogen storage tanks, fuel cells, and an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) system.
  • The new HFC system will provide backup power when the public utility grid and solar panels are not available.
  • TYLI designed the solar PV panels for the site, which are located on the irregularly-shaped museum roof. A new roof membrane was also designed to integrate the PV arrays.
  • The TYLI team adhered to all required Standards, including those of the NPS, the Denver Service Center (DSC), the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and the National Preservation Act.