Sustainable Energy to deliver inverters for US Army’s scalable microgrids

4 July 2013 (Last Updated July 4th, 2013 03:45)

Sustainable Energy Technologies has been awarded a contract for delivery of energy storage inverters for a US Army programme.

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Sustainable Energy Technologies has been awarded a contract for delivery of energy storage inverters for a US Army programme.

Awarded by an undisclosed New York based contractor, the order covers supply of its Bidirex units to help support demonstration of a new intelligent scalable microgrid solution to the army.

Sustainable Energy CTO Brent Harris said AC coupled microgrids were rapidly emerging as the next-generation off-grid system due to their flexible and modular design.

"Its unique open control easily accommodates emerging low-voltage battery technologies and greatly facilitates system design," Harris said.

Designed to support easy integration withpower management systems, the inverter facilitates full utility control over the battery dispatch and power quality functions, and is also capable of addressing a range of demanding utility smart grid standards, including Germany's VDE 4105.

"Its unique open control easily accommodates emerging low-voltage battery technologies and greatly facilitates system design."

The army is seeking intelligent microgrids that can use both renewable and traditional energy sources to deliver reliable power in remote locations, eventually helping the service reduce its fossil fuels use and save soldiers lives by decreasing the requirements for fuel transport.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has been advised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its fossil fuels dependence by producing or procuring 25% of its total energy from renewable sources by 2025.

Initial deliveries to the contractor, whose identity remained undisclosed due to confidentiality obligations, are expected to begin this month.


Image: A microgrid systems being installed at a US Army base. Photo: courtesy of Edric Thompson RDECOM CERDEC.

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