Go Electric has announced being awarded a $499,506 contract by Electricore for a demonstration microgrid project at the US Army’s Fort Custer Training Center in Michigan.
The project is funded by the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), a Department of Defense program for promoting the transfer of proven innovative technologies into field use.
The advanced energy solutions provider will deliver a 400 kW/160 kWh battery energy storage system (BESS) and will provide engineering support for the installation and commissioning of the BESS into a facility-wide microgrid. Go Electric will also support the integration of a microgrid controller provided by power management company Eaton.
Electricore, a non-profit consortium formed at the request of the Department of Defense to implement advanced energy, transportation and electronics technologies, is leading the project with support from Eaton and local utility Consumers Energy. The Michigan Army National Guard, which utilizes Fort Custer alongside several other units, is hosting the project.
The microgrid will enhance power surety, energy resilience, distributed generation management and demand response, while contributing to the critical power needs of nearby military installations. In addition to the 400 kW BESS, the microgrid includes 1.375 MW of legacy diesel generators and 720 kW of solar photovoltaics (PV).
In a statement, Deborah Jelen, Program Manager of Electricore said, “Go Electric’s previous work on the Camp Smith SPIDERS microgrid project will be valuable experience to bring to the Fort Custer project.”
“We are pleased to deliver our third military microgrid project. Our continuing collaboration with Department of Defense microgrid programs will further grow and validate our technology,” said Lisa Laughner, CEO and President of Go Electric.