Energy Commission Awards $1.7 Million for Military Microgrid Project

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Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013 9:38 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Energy Commission is supporting microgrid technology by funding a research demonstration project at Camp Pendleton in San Diego.

"Investing in microgrid research and testing is critical for meeting California's clean, renewable energy goals," said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller. "This project will evaluate new and emerging technologies in a real world environment while providing reliable and secure energy to the military base at Camp Pendleton."

The Commission approved a $1.7 million award to San Diego-based Harper Construction Company, Inc., to demonstrate a set of intelligent microgrids that use community scale renewable resources within an existing utility grid at the Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton. The project will integrate on-site flat-plate and concentrating photovoltaic technology with energy efficiency, energy storage and other technologies to provide reliable power and support critical base functions. The project includes $1.1 million in match funding from the grant recipient and subcontractors.

A microgrid is a small-scale version of the traditional larger power grid that draws energy from clean sources such as the wind and sun, as well as from conventional sources. It is able to connect to the larger electric grid, but can also work independently.

The Camp Pendleton project is one of several Commission funded microgrid demonstrations taking place at U.S. military installations. The Commission recently approved a $2 million award to Concurrent Technologies Corporation to share costs in a U.S. Department of Defense vehicle-to-grid demonstration project at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. Vehicle-to-grid technology allows two-way power transmission so that electric vehicle batteries can provide electricity to the grid as needed during peak hours, and charge during off-peak hours.

SOURCE: California Energy Commission

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