Diesel Microgrids For Reduced Cost Stand-by Power
“Power Begins at Home: Assured Energy for U.S. Military Bases” (by Nobilis, commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts and published on January 12, 2017) highlights how microgrid technologies could dramatically reduce the cost of stand-by diesel power generation for the US military.
Diesel generators are a vital asset in maintaining power availability on military bases because they are just as prone to problems with the grid as any other organisation. Like their civilian counterparts much of the expense in utilising diesel generators comes from their piecemeal deployment. Generators tend to be operated in isolation which limits economies of scale in terms of purchasing and managing fuel supplies and maintenance services. Decentralised operation also leads to inefficient generator sizing and expensive overcapacity.
The report suggests cost savings of over 50% could be achieved using microgrids’ advantages in sizing, maintainability, flexibility, coverage and reliability. It also highlighted that microgrids would increase energy security for the military by reducing its dependence on grid-based supplies and increasing resilience against force of nature and equipment malfunctions.
The interest of the US military in this matter is important because it heralds an increase in investment in microgrid technology. That means organisations who aren’t yet operating on the same scale as the US military, can expect more practical equipment and management tools to come their way soon.
In the meantime we’ll carry on supporting the needs of the new and used standalone diesel generator market.
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