Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is a member of a team that was
recently awarded a $7 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers to demonstrate integration of electric vehicles, generators
and solar arrays to supply emergency power for Fort Carson, Colo.
The team, led by Kansas City, Mo.-based Burns and McDonnell Engineering
Company, will build a microgrid out of existing electrical
infrastructure at the Army post, integrating a 2-megawatt photovoltaic
(PV) array, diesel generator sets and electric vehicles to provide a
self-contained, energy-sustainable capability during electrical grid
The program, called the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for
Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS), is intended to make military
installations more energy efficient and secure.
"The goal for the SwRI portion of this 18-month effort is to demonstrate
the ability of electric vehicles to serve as energy storage devices in
support of a microgrid and provide grid ancillary services, such as peak
shaving and demand response, during non-microgrid operation," said Sean
Mitchem, SwRI project manager and a principal analyst in SwRI's
Automation and Data Systems Division.
"Unique challenges of this project include using electric vehicles o
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
"This project will be one of the first large-scale demonstrations of the
new Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standard-based DC fast-charge
technology," Redfield said. "As such, we expect to provide input to SAE
for future fine-tuning of the standard."
Project objectives for SwRI involve developing specialized software to
aggregate and manage a fleet of electric vehicles as energy storage
devices, as well as helping to develop interfaces between the vehicles
and their charging equipment based on the newly emerging SAE J1772 DC
Combo Connector II fast-charging technology standard.
The SwRI project also involves collaboration with staff from the
Advanced Vehicle Technology Section within SwRI's Engine, Emissions and
Vehicle Research Division, as part of the Energy Storage Technology
Center, a multi-division center at SwRI focused on research, development
and testing of batteries and other energy storage systems.
For more information about this research and development at SwRI,
contact Mitchem at firstname.lastname@example.org,
(210) 522-2698, or Redfield at email@example.com,
SwRI is an independent, nonprofit, applied research and development
organization based in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 3,000 employees
and an annual research volume of more than $581 million. Southwest
Research Institute and SwRI are registered marks in the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office. For more information about Southwest Research
Institute, please visit newsroom.swri.org
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