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automatically powers or shuts off the gen-
erators based on that need.
From August to December 2011, the
micro-grid operated 24/7 without any
power disruptions. The same base oper-
ating on TQGs would have experienced
power losses totaling approximately 900
hours as generators were pulled off-line
for scheduled maintenance. In contrast,
micro-grid generators are cycled for main-
tenance during periods of low power
demand without incurring any disruptions.
After operating the micro-grid successfully
for four months, PM MEP transitioned it
to USFOR-A personnel, who continue to
operate the system at Bagram.
The final metrics on the 1 MW micro-
grid's performance, measured by the
U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analy-
sis Activity, showed 18 percent fuel
savings, 86 percent maintenance
man-hour savings, and 100 percent power
availability, compared with the 13 TQGs.
By collecting reliable data on system
performance and familiarizing Soldiers
with the equipment, this project is help-
ing determine how the Army and DoD
can institutionalize micro-grid technolo-
gies operationally. Using micro-grids will
add discipline in how we power forward
operating bases and other outposts, and
will help reduce the number of supply
convoys traveling to remote areas.
PM MEP recently deployed a new tech-
nology to Afghanistan aimed at smaller
outposts away from forward operating
bases, where the power requirement is
too small for a grid with multiple gen-
erators. In partnership with the Rapid
Equipping Force, PM MEP is supplying
several of these locations with a hybrid
solution consisting of a TQG, solar pan-
els, and energy storage capability through
a battery bank.
Essentially, the captured solar energy is
used until the power supply is running
too low, which triggers the generator to
fire up and recharge the battery until the
solar capability can resume. This pro-
vides continuous power, a quiet option
for silent watch periods, and enough fuel
savings to reduce resupply missions from
once or twice per week to once every two
weeks. We have deployed 28 of these
systems and will factor the performance
results and user feedback into the path
ahead for tactical power.
The Network Integration Evaluation
12.2 in May will test-drive a standard-
ized solution to power a company
command post, which is a key Army
effort to bring increased network
connectivity and mission command
systems down to the company level.
The PM MEP system under evalu-
ation includes a 10 kW power plant
(two 10 kW generators on a Light
Tactical Trailer), a 15 kW AMMPS gen-
erator, and an Improved Environmental
We will continue to refine this
combination after obtaining Soldier
feedback on its performance in a realistic
The requirement for power will never
cease in all theaters of operations, as our
sophisticated communications technol-
ogy cannot function without it.
As it develops the solutions to power the
next generation of networked mission com-
mand solutions, PM MEP will continue to
blend its generator fleet with capabilities
that will lessen requirements for fuel and
simplify operations for the user.
PM MEP will hold its fifth annual user
conference for power professionals from
across the services May 8-10 in Orlando, FL.
The theme is "Operational Energy to the
Warfighter." Go to http://peoc3t.army.
mil/mep for details.
PAUL RICHARD is DoD's Deputy Proj-
ect Manager Mobile Electric Power. He
holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering
from West Virginia University, an M.S. in
engineering management from the George
Washington University, and an M.S. in
national resource strategy from the Indus-
trial College of the Armed Forces. He is
Level III certified in program management
and in systems planning, research, develop-
ment, and engineering.
LTC MICHAEL E. FOSTER is DoD's
Product Manager Medium Power Sources.
He holds a B.S. in criminal justice from
Western Carolina University, an M.S.
in human relations from the University
of Oklahoma, and an M.A. in procure-
ment and acquisition management from
Webster University. He is Level III certi-
fied in program management and in test
AMMPS IN AFGHANISTAN
Ranging in size from 5 to 60 kilowatts (kW),
Advanced Medium Mobile Power Sources are
21 percent more fuel-efficient on average than
the TQGs currently deployed to Afghanistan.
Pictured is a 5 kW AMMPS generator.
(U.S. Army photo.)
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