Highly Electrified Vehicles and Infrastructure Connectivity with Common Micro-Grids – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 141043

Problem: Losing power is an inconvenience when it is for a short period of time.  An extended loss of power is devastating.  Critical infrastructure such as power plants, emergency responders, medical centers and critical care facilities need to have power to operate.  Excessive fuel usage, high levels of generator maintenance, lack of reliability and the logistical burden associated with the current systems for portable, on-site power generation.  These portable generators are heavy and cumbersome to transport.  They create a sustainment challenge because the generators need to be sized for the maximum peak load at each location creating overcapacity.  

Benefit: The DC/AC power converter is being designed to be two-man liftable, portable, networkable, cyber secure, and micro grid capable.  The dual use includes systems that have value for the trucking industry, as well as homeland security defense/disaster recovery due to the ability to provide quick restoration of electrical power.  

Solution/Approach: Phase II project will build on the past lessons and incorporate advanced electronics and technologies (such as silicon carbide-based electronics) to reduce the component size and weight for the micro grid components to a maximum of two-man liftable.  It will to assess electrified vehicle components and two-man lift-able networkable, cyber secure, and micro grids to support electrical requirements in an enterprise setting for world-wide deployment and inherent capabilities to work in disconnected environments.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Reduce overall maintenance and sustainment costs
  • Provide power in remote locations and austere conditions
  • Increase warfighter readiness and reliability

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC)

Industry Participation:

  • Eaton Corporation
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Positive environmental impact
  • Safety
  • Improved readiness
  • Energy efficiency
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Energy, environmental, health, and safety