“The SPIDERS approach has many applications beyond military uses. Our interest in SPIDERS extends to organizations, like hospitals, that are critical to our nation’s functionality, especially in times of emergency,” Merrill Smith, DOE program manager said in a statement.
Sandia will install the first SPIDERS microgrid at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam in Honolulu, and will take advantage of several renewable power options already in place, including a 146-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic solar power system, and up to 50 kW of wind power.
The second installation will take place at Fort Carson and will integrate existing solar power systems, several large diesel generators and electric vehicles. Large-scale electrical energy storage will also be used to ensure microgrid stability and to reduce the effects of PV variability on the system. Camp H.M. Smith will be the largest microgrid project and will use solar and diesel generators to power the entire base, which will be its own self-sufficient 5 megawatt microgrid when the national grid is unavailable.
Integration and implementation are scheduled through 2014. The goal is to install the circuit level demonstration at Pearl Hickam and Fort Carson next year, with Camp Smith installed in 2013.