The US Army has awarded a phase-two contract to Arista Power to continue development of a new intelligent scalable micro-grid, as part of its renewable energy for distributed under-supplied command environments (REDUCE) programme.
The $909,000 deal follows production and delivery of the first phase of intelligent micro-grid to the army and its successful demonstration at the Pentagon Energy Security Event earlier this month.
Arista received its phase-one contract for the REDUCE programme in January for development and demonstration of the system within six months from the deal being awarded.
Under the new contract, Arista will continue further development of the system's capacity, scalability and energy behaviour management capabilities.
Systems are being developed in collaboration with the Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), which can exercise additional options for continued development, following successful completion of phase-two.
Arista Power sales and marketing vice president Mark Matthews said the micro-grids were being manufactured to address problems and expense associated with fuel supply for running diesel generators, which provide the main power source for troops operating in remote locations.
Intelligent micro-grids have been designed to seamlessly integrate both renewable and legacy energy sources to support scalability and automatic operation required for delivery of reliable power in remote locations to help military lessen its fossil fuels use and save soldiers lives by reducing the requirement for fuel transport.
The DoD has been advised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its dependence on fossil fuels and improve energy efficiency by producing or procuring 25% of its total energy from renewable sources by 2025.