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Smart Microgrid Powers Army Vehicles at Wheeler

  • March 23, 2011
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Officials at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii are demonstrating the Army’s first smart-charging microgrid, one step in a bid to make the installation energy independent.

The prototype consists of 25 kilowatts of solar power array, 200 kilowatt-hours of battery storage and four plug-in electric vehicles. The system powers four electric vehicles and has the ability to provide instant backup power to support three buildings for 72 hours, including the garrison headquarters.

The Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center, along with private industry partners, created the prototype, according to Army Garrison Hawaii Public Affairs.

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