The Army plans to install microgrids in Afghanistan
To reduce its energy the Army plans to install microgrids in Afghanistan.
The Army said earlier this week that they will deploy a system designed to use fuel more efficiency and pave the way solar and wind power in the field.
Now, the Army uses diesel generators to power its bases which have a significant financial and military cost as fuel convoys are often targets for attack.
The Army plans to save fuel with the new microgrids.
The microgrid bases will be formed from four generators able to produce one megawatt.
The microgrids will include controls to integrate power generated from solar panels and storage systems.
“They’re being designed so that a soldier can just hook them up any way and plug things in and not have to worry about doing prior analysis of how the power grid should be laid out or what load should be placed where,” said Chris Wildman, the Hybrid Intelligent Power program lead, in a statement.
The strategy of U.S Army is to minimize the amount money spent on fuel, using solar panels for diesel generators and portable solar panels for soldiers on patrol.
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