Saturday, December 1, 2012

Military Electric Vehicles Serve as Energy Storage Devices

Electric vehicles recruited for military base grid security
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November 30, 2012 - The Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $7 milllion contract for work on the Fort Carson project, and the Southwest Research Institute, in San Antonio, is in on the EV component.

“The goal for the SwRI portion of this 18-month effort is to demonstrate the ability of electric vehicles to serve as energy storage devices in support of a microgrid and provide grid ancillary services, such as peak shaving and demand response, during non-microgrid operation,” Sean Mitchem, an SwRI project manager and a principal analyst in SwRI’s automation and data systems division, said in a statement.

Microgrids are just what they sound like: smaller grids, able to operate apart from the larger grid. It’s not hard to see the value of microgrids for use in remote areas, where when powered by solar or wind or other renewable sources they can allow troops to function without relying on constant and risky refueling. read more>>>

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