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04 Nov 13. IPERC to design energy microgrid for US DoD. The US DoD has selected intelligent microgrid control solutions provider IPERC to design and commission a 5.3MW energy microgrid at Camp Smith, Hawaii. The two-year prime contract award, which is worth about $3m, includes phase three of the DoD’s smart power infrastructure demonstration for energy reliability and security (SPIDERS) joint capability technology demonstration (JCTD). The SPIDERS project is a joint venture of the DoD, US Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security and is designed to integrate renewable energy, effective energy storage and cybersecurity. SPIDERS phase three, which will cover the entire installation at Camp Smith, includes a design that integrates five generators, several battery-based energy storage systems and more than 30 major circuit breakers. IPERC intends to conduct cybersecurity assessments at its full-scale microgrid facility, as a component to the SPIDERS project, while testing includes attempts by the military’s own cyber-warfare experts to penetrate the system. Red Team attacks, previous tests of this kind, have showcased the resilience and integrity of IPERC’s solution. IPERC business development director John Carroll said the power failure is not an option for US military command operations. IPERC also developed SPIDERS phases one and two, while phase one microgrid came online in January 2013, which powered a single feeder at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam in Oahu, as well as critical wastewater treatment plant. Phase two of SPIDERS was developed to serve the army’s fourth Infantry Division headquarters at Fort Carson, Colorado, and integrates the utility grid, generators, photovoltaic solar arrays and first-of-their-kind, bi-directional electric vehicles. The cyber-secure collaborative intelligence software of IPERC and field tested hardware are expected to provide a full-bodied solution that will supply continuous power for mission-critical operations of the navy’s Pacific Command headquarters. (Source: army-technology.com)
11 Nov 13. PowerSecure International, Inc. has completed the engineering, construction and installation of a new three megawatt solar farm for QVC at its subsidiary’s (QVC Rocky Mount, Inc.) Distribution Center in Rocky Mount, NC. This project, which consists of more than 11,500 panels on 11 acres, will supplement an existing system that PowerSecure Solar helped construct in 2008 and brings the total production capacity at the facility to four megawatts. Combined with the pre-existing solar capacity on the site, this facility now conserves enough kilowatt-hours of energy to reduce CO2 emissions that are equivalent to 458,766 gallons of gasoline, based on US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
13 Nov 13. The global military battery market is poised for steady growth as the need to strengthen armed forces with advanced military equipment is becoming increasingly important. The upgrade and replacement of mission-critical military technology require high levels of battery performance and accuracy. While the United States is the largest contributor to market revenues, emerging economies in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East will offer the highest growth potential for battery manufacturers. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.powersupplies.frost.com), Global Military Battery Market, finds that the market earned revenues of more than $1.99bn in 2012 and estimates this to reach $2.61bn in 2017. The research covers lithium, lithium-ion, nickel and lead-acid batteries. Lead acid batteries are the most widely-used chemistry in military equipment fo