• Some Installations Able to Cut the Cord to Commercial Grid

    Some Installations Able to Cut the Cord to Commercial Grid0

    Each of the services has efforts under way to protect their installations from disruptions to the commercial grid, including the possibility of cyberattacks, according to testimony from top installation officials Tuesday. The Army recently conducted a test demonstrating that a biomass plant located on Fort Drum, N.Y., could power the post in the event the grid goes down. An energy firm invested $34 million converting the installation’s coal-fired plant to burn logging residue and wood products reclaimed from demolition sites. The plant provides 100 percent of the post’s electricity needs. “We demonstrated that right now Fort Drum is the most resilient installation in the Army’s portfolio from an energy standpoint,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and the environment …

  • Air Force Testing Waste-To-Energy Technology at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam

    Air Force Testing Waste-To-Energy Technology at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam0

    A waste-to-energy demonstration project at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, aims to show that waste products such as wood, plastics, biomass, and other materials can help power an installation while reducing its reliance on landfills. The $7 million project, sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Power Technology Office, is expected to demonstrate that 10 tons of waste per day can be converted into 300 kilowatts of continuous electric power, or the equivalent of the total electrical load for about 100 homes. The process relies on gasification to convert wastes into synthesis gas, which can then be used to produce electricity …

  • Navy Breaks Ground on Solar Facility at Mississippi Base

    Navy Breaks Ground on Solar Facility at Mississippi Base0

    Officials from the Navy and Mississippi Power broke ground Wednesday on a 4-megawatt direct current solar facility at Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport. The facility, which will have roughly 13,000 panels over 23 acres, will provide enough electricity to supply the equivalent of 450 homes. Atlanta-based Hannah Solar is building the project at a cost of about $6 million. The array is scheduled to go online by the end of the year, according to the utility, a Southern Company subsidiary. Prior to the groundbreaking, Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment, presented the Navy Secretary’s Energy and Water Management Award, small shore category, to NCBC Gulfport for fiscal 2015. The award recognizes programs that slash energy or water consumption …

  • Corvias to Install Solar Power at Two Maryland Housing Privatization Projects0

    Solar installations will serve more than 1,000 homes on two installations in Maryland — Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade — under an alliance between Corvias Solutions and Onyx Renewable Partners. In June, the two firms announced an initiative to develop renewable energy across Corvias’ public-private partnership portfolio, including its division developing and managing family housing for DOD, Corvias Military Living. Solar production will account for up to one-third of total residential energy consumption at the two installations, after construction and interconnection to Baltimore Gas & Electric’s grid is complete, according to a press release. In addition to saving money, enhancing sustainability and improving energy resilience, the project will support DOD’s privatized housing solar challenge as part of President Obama’s Build America Initiative. RBC Capital Markets LLC is providing financing for the effort. “Developing innovative solutions that provide additional value for our partnerships with the public sector is our biggest priority,” said Greg Cannito, managing director of Corvias Solutions …

  • Navy, Air Force Celebrate Start of Solar Projects at Three Florida Bases

    Navy, Air Force Celebrate Start of Solar Projects at Three Florida Bases0

    Officials from the Navy, Air Force and Gulf Power held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday at Naval Air Station Pensacola to mark the start of construction of solar arrays at Pensacola and two other military facilities on the tip of the Florida Panhandle. The three solar farms will have about 1.5 million solar panels that can generate up to 120 megawatts of alternating current power, enough to power 18,000 homes on a sunny day, according to a joint press release. Gulf Power, a subsidiary of Georgia-based Southern Co., and its third-party developer, Coronal Development Services, will construct the three facilities …

  • Microgrid at Cape Code Base to Serve as Test Bed for Energy Security0

    A $6 million grant from DOD’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program is supporting the installation of a microgrid at Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass., to demonstrate the benefits of energy resilience and serve as a showcase for DOD. The microgrid will integrate power generated from an existing wind turbine and a planned solar array now under construction, reported the 102nd Intelligence Wing. A high-capacity storage battery also will be connected to the microgrid, providing power at times when the turbine and array are not generating electricity. A backup generator will be incorporated into the microgrid as well. A control system will act as the brains of the project, automatically switching among energy sources to efficiently provide a stable power supply …