Cummins executive on military microgrids in war zones

In a runup to Microgrid 2022, Wissam Balshe, business director of energy management solutions at Cummins Power Generation, discusses military microgrids and how global trends are impacting the microgrid market. https://vimeo.com/706624210 "There are a lot of different use cases and applications of microgrids, whether it's to improve resiliency, … [Read more...]

Achieving true energy independence with your next microgrid

Hanan Fishman of Alencon Systems explains why real energy independence means knowing the origin of the equipment in your microgrid. There are several cliches that seek to define power. Money is power. Knowledge is power. Votes are power. In the sense of physics, there is only one equation that matters and that is power over time is energy. … [Read more...]

Army to equip all bases with microgrids by 2035 as part of carbon-free electricity goal

Saying it wants to lead by example, the US Army plans to build a microgrid at each of its 130 bases worldwide as part of a larger climate strategy released on Tuesday. “The effects of climate change have taken a toll on supply chains, damaged our infrastructure, and increased risks to Army soldiers and families due to natural disasters and … [Read more...]

Noresco Lands 10-MW Microgrid Project for Air Force Base in Japan 

Noresco, part of United Technologies Corp., has landed an $85.7 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract project at a US Air Force base in Okinawa, Japan, that includes a 10-MW military microgrid. The power generation assets will be part of an advanced microgrid that will allow the Kadena Air Base to more effectively sustain … [Read more...]

EPRI to Test Military Microgrids with Tranportable Batteries

EPRI is getting ready to test military microgrids with transportable batteries in its work to create a more standardized microgrid design. “Microgrids installed for backup power on military and non-military sites are currently customized according to each site, which result in costly and, at times, lengthy design and installation time … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids: Four Examples of Innovation

It’s not surprising that military microgrids in the US demonstrate some of the most sophisticated and innovative uses of distributed energy. After all, they are designed with national security in mind.  As such, they serve as a learning ground for microgrids developed for the civilian sector. Here we offer a look at four military microgrids … [Read more...]

The Role of Microgrids in Supporting Economic Development

Thomas Lyons, vice president – asset development, at Ameresco, highlights the growing role of microgrids in supporting economic development. Explore the potential.  It’s fair to say that the United States’ aging and outage-prone grid infrastructure (coupled with increasing storm intensity) can hinder economic development. E Source estimates … [Read more...]

Putting a Dollar Value on Energy Resiliency for the US Military

Tripp Hathaway, sales and marketing manager for Hannah Solar Government Services, explores a formula for the military to value energy resiliency from a dollars and cents perspective. Recently, I attended three back-to-back events with a focus on energy resiliency, especially for the Department of Defense (DoD). The U.S. military has been … [Read more...]

ESS Provides Long-Duration Energy Warehouse to Camp Pendleton Marine Corp. Training Facility Microgrid

The U.S. Marine Corps recently announced a $1 million CleanSpark designed and built microgrid at its Camp Pendleton base near San Diego has gone live. And ESS, a provider of energy storage systems, announced this week it has deployed a long-duration energy warehouse battery system at the very same Marine Corps Base. The U.S. Marine Corps … [Read more...]

Military Microgrids Featured at Microgrid 2019 in San Diego, May 14-16

Microgrid 2019 will highlight the US armed forces’ growing use of military microgrids as a means to improve energy resilience, strengthen cybersecurity, and green its facilities. The largest consumer of energy in the world, the US military strongly influences development, price and adoption of electric technologies. Fortunately for the … [Read more...]