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Air Force pilots new energy storage system

Every Challenge Has a Backstory

Energy surety is a critical feature of high performance computing centers (HPCC)—especially those supporting complex research, development, and testing missions for the U.S. Air Force. New technologies and approaches to delivering sustainable, high quality, and reliable energy supplies are evolving rapidly and prompted the Department of Defense to pursue a demonstration of the latest technologies at the Maui High Performance Computing Center in Hawaii, one of only six HPCCs.

At this research center, the Air Force looked to install advanced energy storage and management (AESM) technologies to demonstrate microgrid concepts and technologies in an operational environment. The project aimed to assist the Air Force in moving toward net zero bases and energy independence, reliability, and security.

OBG’s Focus on Solutions

OBG, working with Princeton Power Systems, designed and installed an AESM system at the high-tech research center. The demonstration project involved the integration and construction of a 100kW / 200kWh energy management system using an existing 100kW photovoltaic system, as well as Princeton Power Systems’ Energy Storage Systems products.

Results that Matter

The project is providing the Department of Defense with details of broad-scale capability in providing power quality enhancement, reducing cost of operations, and assuring access to energy for high-demand or challenged operations at installations worldwide. It also demonstrates the benefits of implementing energy storage with renewable energy generation to mitigate energy disruptions that impede Air Force operations.