U.S. Army designs Tactical Quiet Generator microgrid power stations for the battlefield

Christopher Wildmann, an electrical engineer with the US Army Research,…

Christopher Wildmann, an electrical engineer with the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, stands between a 60 kW Tactical Quiet Generator, left, and a 30 kW unit that were modified to enable a microgrid. (Source: US Army)

The Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command is developing a series of microgrids by networking a variety of power sources together and designing them to distribute energy loads among the most efficient sources available. The work is complementary to other work by the military to create alternative energy sources in the field and provide power to soldiers even in places a static energy grid can’t reach.

A key design aspect of the tactical microgrids is that they must be mobile, delivering power as soldiers change location. This has posed challenges as engineers have to tweak the design of energy sources to suit their needs, according to the Army, which has modified some existing generators to create tactical microgrids, as well as designed new technologies to suit the needs of the new systems.

Source: Elizabeth Montalbano for Design News.

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