CEM Director Dr. Robert Hebner participated in the “Shades of Green” radio show interview in June 2013. This interview features the Pecan Street project and CEM’s research activities linked both to the Pecan Street Project and Microgrids.
Microgrids are electrically and geographical small terrestrial power systems capable of operating “connected to” or “islanded from” the national grid. The islanding capability of microgrids allows them to be self-sufficient during emergencies when it is critical to have a source of reliable power. An emerging trait of microgrids is the penetration of renewable energy at distribution-level voltages (<35kV). The availability of this technology is of interest to several private and public entities—but in particular to the US Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy (DOE). In 2008, DoD and DOE announced their intent to make military installations net-zero energy to the grid: installations that produce as much energy (on or near them) as they consume. This energy can come from renewable sources or from fossil fuels. In 2009, the US Navy responded to this goal by mandating that by 2020, 50% of the Navy’s energy consumption will come from renewable energy sources. CEM is working with the US Navy to meet these goals. This requires an understanding of the Navy’s requirements, the utility industry, renewable energy sources, power system analysis and simulation—but most importantly—the ability to deliver technology demonstration to show the US Navy how their energy will be managed in the future. CEM is well-positioned and committed to this delivery.
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