Friday, November 16, 2012

SwRI to Demonstrate Use of EVs As Part of Backup Power Microgrid Under US Army SPIDERS ProgramCleanTechnica

The United States Army Corps of Engineers awarded a team including the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) a $7 million contract to demonstrate the use of electric vehicles with diesel generators and solar arrays for supplying emergency power. The demonstration project will take place at Fort Carson, Colorado.

"Unique challenges of this project include using electric vehicles to absorb excess generated power from the base's photovoltaic array and reduce the base's energy bill by integrating vehicle energy storage into the energy management strategy, all the while continuing to serve as an active part of the base vehicle fleet," said co-researcher Joe Redfield, a principal engineer in SwRI's Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division.

http://cleantechnica.com/2012/11/16/swri-to-demonstrate-use-of-evs-as-part-of-backup-power-microgrid-under-us-army-spiders-program/

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