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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Detroit Arsenal to Host Solar-Powered Microgrid

  • February 15, 2012
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Sometime this spring, Detroit Arsenal will become the first Army installation to house a solar-powered microgrid.

Engineers from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center will install the self-contained system of electrical generation that will use fuel cells, wind, solar and other energy sources, reported the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command. The microgrid will power two laboratories and lights for the arsenal’s parking lot. And if demand permits, the microgrid will provide additional power to arsenal users.

Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, said smart microgrids are critical to the department’s efforts to address energy security.

“It allows us to be more energy efficient on a day-to-day basis. It facilitates the adoption of renewable technology, and most important, if the [installation] grid is disrupted, it allows us to continue to operate critical functions,” Robyn said.

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