The US Department of Defense (DoD) has selected intelligent microgrid control solutions provider IPERC to design and commission a 5.3MW energy microgrid at Camp Smith, Hawaii.

The two-year prime contract award, which is worth about $3m, includes phase three of the DoD’s smart power infrastructure demonstration for energy reliability and security (SPIDERS) joint capability technology demonstration (JCTD).

The SPIDERS project is a joint venture of the DoD, US Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security and is designed to integrate renewable energy, effective energy storage and cybersecurity.

SPIDERS phase three, which will cover the entire installation at Camp Smith, includes a design that integrates five generators, several battery-based energy storage systems and more than 30 major circuit breakers.

IPERC intends to conduct cybersecurity assessments at its full-scale microgrid facility, as a component to the SPIDERS project, while testing includes attempts by the military’s own cyber-warfare experts to penetrate the system.

Red Team attacks, previous tests of this kind, have showcased the resilience and integrity of IPERC’s solution. IPERC business development director John Carroll said the power failure is not an option for US military command operations.

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"National security and American lives depend on uncompromised power, and IPERC distributed controls deliver it when it matters most," Carroll added.

IPERC also developed SPIDERS phases one and two, while phase one microgrid came online in January 2013, which powered a single feeder at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam in Oahu, as well as critical wastewater treatment plant.

Phase two of SPIDERS was developed to serve the army’s fourth Infantry Division headquarters at Fort Carson, Colorado, and integrates the utility grid, generators, photovoltaic solar arrays and first-of-their-kind, bi-directional electric vehicles.

The cyber-secure collaborative intelligence software of IPERC and field tested hardware are expected to provide a full-bodied solution that will supply continuous power for mission-critical operations of the navy’s Pacific Command headquarters.

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