US Army Base deploys independent commercial battery energy storage system project
China Energy Storage Network: Global infrastructure developer AECOM said it has begun construction and deployment of a battery energy storage system at the US military's military base in Fort Carson, Colorado, and Lockheed Martin will develop a 4.25 The MW/8.5MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system helps reduce energy costs and increase the flexibility of the base's power system.
According to the developer, once deployed, the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will be the largest independent commercial battery energy storage system at the US Army base. This user-side energy storage system can reduce peak power demand.
The US military's energy supply relies heavily on diesel generators, but it is expected to accelerate investment in clean energy and grid security over the next decade. Navigant expects the US military's annual spending on the microgrid to increase from $453 million in 2017 to $1.4 billion in 2026.
Like many US and state government agencies, the US military is increasingly turning to grid edge technology to help reduce energy costs and maintain power flexibility. Like most energy consumers, the US military is looking to reduce peak demand and include other renewable energy sources in its portfolio.
AECOM said that the battery energy storage system (BESS) is mainly to reduce the cost of demand, but the battery energy storage system may undertake other tasks, including optimizing the solar power facilities of the Kasenberg military base, providing frequency and voltage to its distribution network. Support, and possible microgrid support.
Annika Moman, senior vice president of AECOM, said in a statement that the company uses Lockheed Martin's GridStar microgrid system because of its unique modular architecture for flexible design and reduced operational risk.
The US military’s interest in clean energy technologies has been growing. Last year, Go Electric received a $1.7 million contract from Perini Management Services to provide a 1 MW / 1 MWh battery energy storage system for the US Army warehouse in Tuile, Utah.
According to Navigant, the microgrid can help the US Department of Defense reduce its $4 billion in electricity costs in 523 facilities and 280,000 buildings. The company's 2017 survey concluded that the US military's shift from relying on backup diesel generators to large-scale microgrids could save $8 billion to $20 billion over the next 20 years.