Highly Electrified Vehicles and Infrastructure Connectivity with Common Electrical Micro-Grids

NCMS Project #: 140979

Problem: Electrical power generation for scheduled maintenance events by utilities and temporary locations such as forward operation bases (military), construction sites, disaster recovery (public utilities and National Guard), has historically been supported by standalone generators at the point of use. Investigating options for temporary power generation would be a large step in assisting U.S. companies and the citizenry-at-large to provide a more convenient and safer way to produce energy to keep our economy running during power outages. For the military, the electrified systems enable more efficient mobility, more efficient stationary operations, and integration of electrified systems (such as directed energy weapons, high power communications, defensive systems, radar, and high-power jamming). The use of electric vehicles for this purpose could be a game changer in fortifying the US marketplace as well as the health of our country.

Benefit: The ease of connecting an electric vehicle to a power grid could possibly be a game changer for industry as well as homeowners. High priority locations such as hospitals, evacuation centers, and locations with life support equipment can have temporary power restored quickly, enhancing safety for the general public. The construction industry also benefits by enabling a more efficient (lower fuel costs) way of distributing power prior to permanent utilities being installed resulting in lower construction costs, which should translate to a lower purchase cost for the general public. The efforts from the development and transition of this microgrid technology will enable the logistics community to reduce the logistics footprint and expand potential energy sources for forward bases.

Solution/Approach: The intended solution is to leverage commercial, automotive, and industrial components to develop components that will aggregate to form a two-man portable, vehicle based, fast forming microgrid. The microgrid will be suitable for commercial (such as utility company temporary power), military forward operating bases, and homeland disaster recovery efforts. The overall objective of this initiative is to assess electrified vehicle components and two-man lift-able networkable, cyber secure, and microgrids to support electrical requirements in an enterprise setting for world-wide deployment and inherent capabilities to work in disconnected environments.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Lower carbon and logistics footprints
  • Reduce costs and maintenance
  • Increase safety
  • Improve energy reliability
  • Increase warfighter and mission readiness

DOD Participation:

  • Department of Defense
  • U.S. Army TARDEC

Industry Participation:

  • Eaton
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Improved readiness

Focus Area:

  • Energy, environmental, health, and safety