Bringing the Smart Grid to military bases
Our team at GE Global Research (GEGR) is very excited about a new project that will be undertaken in partnership with the Department of Defense to demonstrate the use of advanced Microgrid control technologies at a Marine Corps base. This technology will enhance the energy security of the base, ensuring continuous operation even when the grid comes down, while at the same time improving energy efficiency and operating costs.
For the project, GE will develop a Microgrid Control System (MCS) which offers optimal dispatch of distributed energy resources (DER), electrical load shedding, intentional islanding capability, and electrical load / energy management. The MCS technology will address the complexity of electrical demand, heat and power generation, and power distribution challenges to achieve the energy security and energy efficiency objectives of the project. GE Global Research has been developing MCS technology through work with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Canadian Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). The core of the MCS technology is currently under development by GE Digital Energy on a Universal Relay product platform. GE FANUC will provide the human machine interface for the project. It is anticipated that the project will deliver:
1. An advanced MCS with enhanced and added features and functions including optimal dispatch of DER, load shedding, intentional islanding, and load / energy management; and
2. A field demo at a Department of Defense (DoD) installation-TWENTYNINE Palms Marine Corp.
The technology we are developing is scalable to multiple DoD installations.
The following Figure summarizes the overall scope of this project.
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