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Honeywell Bags Fort Bragg Microgrid Project

Leon Walker

HoneywellHoneywell has announced a $3.4 million project to help improve energy security at Fort Bragg, NC.

The company will build a microgrid that uses advance controls to network new and existing backup generators on the US Army post, the first application of this technology for a federal agency. The electricity these assets produce will then be available across multiple buildings, helping maintain power for vital operations.

The Department of Defense will finance the project through its Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), which identifies and demonstrates innovative, cost-effective technologies that address the department’s energy and environmental requirements. Along with the microgrid grant, DOD selected Honeywell for a second ESTCP-funded project, work that will help trim expenses tied to the post’s central heating and cooling plant.

Military installations are often at risk of outages due to a variety of external circumstances — weather events and disruptions on the utility grid, for example. Fort Bragg has traditionally used emergency generators to make sure electricity is available for mission-critical activities. These generators, however, are not usually shared between facilities. And that means there’s no backup to the backup power if there is a failure or maintenance issue. The equipment is often improperly sized as well, leading to inefficient operations and higher-than-necessary expenses.

With Honeywell’s Secured Network of Assured Power Enclaves, Fort Bragg expects to share emergency generation between multiple buildings and decrease overall energy use by requiring fewer generators to address energy interruptions.

In February, the Department of Defense awarded $500,000 via the ESTCP to the Iowa Energy Center, Iowa Army National Guard and Taylor Engineering to demonstrate energy efficient strategies at five National Guard facilities.

 



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