The project is funded by the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), a Department of Defense program for promoting the transfer of proven innovative technologies into field use.
Go Electric will deliver a 400 kW/160 kWh battery energy storage system and will provide engineering support for the installation and commissioning of the energy storage system into a facility-wide microgrid. Go Electric will also support the integration of a microgrid controller provided by power management company Eaton.
Electricore, a non-profit consortium formed at the request of the Department of Defense to implement advanced energy, transportation and electronics technologies, is leading the project with support from Eaton and local utility Consumers Energy. The Michigan Army National Guard, which uses Fort Custer alongside several other units, is hosting the project.
The microgrid will enhance power surety, energy resilience, distributed generation management and demand response, while contributing to the critical power needs of nearby military installations. In addition to the 400 kW system, the microgrid includes 1.375 MW of legacy diesel generators and 720 kW of photovoltaics.