The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard facility in Maine is conducting two live tests on a localized microgrid that would protect it from a widespread electrical outage. So far, the project that has been demonstrated by General Electric, is looking like a success.
“Given the success of this initiative, the potential for broad application of this system across U.S. Government installations and other organizations is very promising particularly at a time when resiliency has become a key concern,” says Ameresco, which is a renewables company working in concert with GE.
Ameresco designed and delivered the microgrid with funding from a Department of Defense (DOD) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) grant. The goal is to provide cost-effective solutions for military energy security, enhance reliability of electric service to the base and provide ancillary services to the electric grid Independent System Operator (ISO), its release says.
The microgrd will work with onsite generation and battery storage, including a 10 megawatt combined heat and power plant.
“GE’s Microgrid Solution will empower the U.S. Navy to achieve its energy surety goals by being able to continue operating their facilities in an uninterrupted manner in the event of a grid outage,” says Jayant Kumar, Global Smart Grid Program Director at GE’s Grid Solutions. “This successful live test clearly demonstrates that this capability is achievable and we look forward to continue to support the Department of Defense in achieving these goals.”