• Evolving Energy Industry Creates New Opportunities for Securing Power to Army Installations1

    In the past couple of years, energy resilience has become a watchword for the military services as they adjust their focus from adopting renewables to reducing their installations’ vulnerability to disruptions in the electrical grid. Shaping the Army’s approach to enhancing resiliency are recent trends in energy production, distribution and economics that are creating more opportunities for installations to use a distributed generation approach to help reduce supply chain vulnerability, Michael McGhee, executive director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, told Defense Communities 360. Since its predecessor organization was created in 2011, OEI has pursued the development of large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects on Army installations. The service’s emphasis on resilience favors new projects which deploy resources that are behind an installation’s fence line and provide an islanding capability …

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  • Solar Power Puts Dugway Proving Ground on Path to Net Zero

    Solar Power Puts Dugway Proving Ground on Path to Net Zero0

    As Army officials prepare to celebrate the opening next week of a 2-megawatt solar array at Dugway Proving Ground, the installation confirmed plans for the construction of a 3-megawatt array about 20 miles away. When the second array is completed, the two will provide 25 percent of the electrical needs of the test center, administrative buildings and homes at Dugway, located in the West Desert of Utah. That output would meet DOD’s goal of obtaining 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and advance the proving ground’s efforts to become a net zero installation …

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  • Advanced Microgrid at MCAS Miramar to Enhance Energy Security, Improve Load Management

    Advanced Microgrid at MCAS Miramar to Enhance Energy Security, Improve Load Management0

    The advanced microgrid to be built at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar is still two years away from completion, but officials already are excited about the project’s potential to demonstrate the value of microgrids. The project, awarded to Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric last week, will allow operations at the San Diego-area installation to continue uninterrupted if the utility power grid is compromised or damaged. But the project is about more than simply providing backup power to enhance energy security; it can also help the installation manage fluctuations in demand and benefit the larger electric grid …

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  • Air Force Solicits Industry to Identify Energy Resilient Technologies0

    The Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency are interested in hearing from energy developers about their ideas for creating resilient energy systems, covering energy generation, storage and microgrid controls technologies, and approaches requiring the integration of existing authorities for privately financing federal energy projects. The request for information, released last week, is one of the first steps in the Air Force’s plan to use Beale Air Force Base in northern California as a demonstration site to develop and deploy energy resilient technologies that can be deployed to other missions and installations across the service …

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  • Renewables Support Army’s Energy Security Goals

    Renewables Support Army’s Energy Security Goals0

    The Army office responsible for implementing large-scale renewable energy projects will expand its efforts on energy security projects, Mike McGhee, executive director of the Office of Energy Initiatives, said during a visit earlier this month to the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. “With energy security you need renewable energy as a generating asset but you also need to couple that with a storage component and a microgrid component,” said McGhee, reported Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs. “What we’re talking with the folks at Huntsville Center about today is how we can fulfill that larger expansion into complete energy security so there is definitely more opportunity with Huntsville Center and our office to work together on projects into the future …

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  • 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 …

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