• 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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  • Navy Begins Testing Reversible Fuel Cell Technology

    Navy Begins Testing Reversible Fuel Cell Technology0

    The Navy has begun testing a novel technology that can both store energy and generate electricity in a single system. Last month, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center held the first live demonstration of the 50-kilowatt, reversible solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif. Engineers are assessing the cell’s ability to support the energy needs of military and commercial customers, reported the warfare center. The system — developed by Boeing of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Sunfire of Dresden, Germany — is scalable to 400 kilowatts. The system is the largest of its kind using a reversible solid oxide fuel cell to store energy from renewable resources to produce clean electricity. The system generates, compresses and stores hydrogen. When the grid demands power, it operates as a fuel cell, consuming the stored hydrogen to produce electricity …

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  • Lab to Test Transportable Microgrid0

    The Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is studying the use of a transportable microgrid with energy storage technologies to improve energy security at military installations. The innovation would allow a microgrid to be deployed at a base after it suffers an outage. The transportable microgrid would dampen power fluctuations from on-site photovoltaic units as well as reduce emissions from diesel generators or other fossil fuels, according to the Berkeley lab. The researchers hope to put the system on a path toward commercialization by making it more cost-effective and ensuring it passes tests for safety and reliability, reported Microgrid Knowledge. The lab has added a Tesla 500 kW-4 hour energy storage subsystem and a 200 kVA synchronous condenser to the transportable microgrid, allowing it to be deployed at a wide variety of installations with a range of power characteristics. The lab is partnering with other federal labs, DOD, Tesla, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory, Distributed Utility Associates, Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center Port Hueneme and the Electric Power Research Institute.

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