- Sep 3, 2020 9:00 pm GMT
From the internet to Tang, technology developed by and/or for the government often makes its way into the public sector.
That's why electric utilities interested in using energy storage and microgrids for various applications should keep an eye on the Department of Defense. Among other things, microgrids that can produce and store energy and island themselves from the larger grids to which they are connected can help utilities and other grid operators manage load in situations such as the one California found itself in during the recent heatwave in the state.
According to this CleanTechnica article, the DoD has formed a partnership with the Department of Energy and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to launch four rural battery projects that will examine how energy storage systems can improve the resilience of critical infrastructure in rural areas. The article also says the DoD has contracted XENDEE Corp. to develop a platform for designing standardized microgrids that enhance energy reliability and provide such services as the ability to safely ride out prolonged power outages and sustain mission critical operations using renewable energy resources and storage.
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