GE to launch energy management microgrid
With the goals of increasing energy security, energy efficiency and promoting cleaner, alternative energy at U.S. military bases, GE announced it has been awarded $2 million in Federal stimulus funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) for a smart microgrid demonstration project at Twentynine Palms Base, CA. The base is the world’s largest Marine Corps Base and the premier training facility in the world for Marine operations, drawing military personnel from all over the world for Combined Arms Exercises. GE and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) office at DOD are in the process of finalizing a contract for the project.
GE will design and demonstrate a smart energy management system that enables installations to more optimally manage on-site power generation and energy storage, while interacting with the regional electrical grid in a more intelligent and efficient way. GE’s system will provide enhanced capabilities for installations to integrate renewable resources such as solar energy, to help meet their electricity needs and reduce their carbon footprints.
According to the 2009 Defense Appropriations Act, U.S. military installations consumed 3.8 billion kWh of electricity last year, enough to power 350,000 households in the U.S. In addition to high energy costs for these installations, critical defense facilities must operate seamlessly through a power outage or other infrastructure disturbance.