Honeywell Microgrid To Bolster Fort Bragg's Energy Reliability And Security
June 17, 2014
Honeywell announced a $3.4-million project to help improve energy security at Fort Bragg, N.C. The company will build a microgrid that uses advanced controls to network new and existing backup generators on the U.S. Army post, the first application of this technology for a federal agency. The electricity these assets produce will then be available across multiple buildings, helping maintain power for vital operations.
The Department of Defense (DOD) will finance the project through its Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), which identifies and demonstrates innovative, cost-effective technologies that address the department's energy and environmental requirements. Along with the microgrid grant, DOD selected Honeywell for a second ESTCP-funded project, work that help trim expenses tied to the post's central heating and cooling plant.
“Many organizations are forced to choose between improving efficiency or improving energy security. It's been challenging to tackle both at once,” said Greg Bean, director of public works at Fort Bragg. “However, with this project we will be able to enhance the reliability of our current generation capacity, and utilize it in a far more cost- and energy-efficient way.”