-Due to the growing threat of blackouts, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), through its Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), has enlisted Xendee, a provider of microgrid decision support software, to help significantly cut energy system engineering costs. With the DoD identifying microgrids as a critical technology for increased security, energy efficiency, and resilience at new and existing military installations, the value of microgrids is clear. However, this technology must be optimally planned, designed, deployed, and managed in order to meet organizational goals and mission-critical loads.
As part of this program, Xendee's software is demonstrated at three different DoD installations. The Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay mandated resilience against outages as a major design priority. Another focus of this installation was examining the ongoing installation upgrades to determine feasibility, return, and alternatives. The USAG Bavaria project, in Grafenwöhr/Vilseck, Germany, included optimized investment, placement, dispatch, financial analysis, power flow engineering, and training for Army staff. This facility also included a full electrical heating system. The Naval Base San Diego was the final demonstration and examined how an onsite microgrid installation could be more cost and emission-efficient than running new cabling to the building.