U.S. Army, Lockheed Martin cut ribbon on Ft. Bliss microgrid

Officials with the U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin commissioned a grid-tied microgrid integrating renewable energy and energy storage during a ribbon cutting ceremony today at Fort Bliss, Texas.

The Fort Bliss grid-tied microgrid is designed to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs while providing the capability to operate independent of the electric utility grid when needed to provide energy security.

The project was funded by the Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program. The project will now enter its demonstration phase.

In 2010, Lockheed Martin received the contract to demonstrate an Intelligent Microgrid at the U.S. Army’s Brigade Combat Team complex at Fort Bliss. The microgrid consists of onsite backup generation, a 120-kW solar array, a 300-kW energy storage system, utility grid interconnection and Lockheed Martin’s Intelligent Microgrid Control System.

The energy storage system is especially critical in lowering cost and maintaining a steady stream of energy. The system also stores energy to respond to high periods of energy demand and to produce reliable power.

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