Katherine Hammack — assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for installations, energy and environment — has said the military branch aims to developÂ microgrid technology that can distributeÂ power in case of an outage, the Army News Service reported Thursday.
HammackÂ told audience during a panel discussion held Thursday at the Newseum in Washington that the Army and Hawaii Electric Light Co. will collaborate to build a multifuel power plant at a military site in Hawaii under an easement deal.
The project’s goal is to restore electricity at ArmyÂ facilities on the island if theÂ main grid power system goes out, according to Hammack.
She added the military branch will also collaborate with Sandia National Laboratories to develop a solar-powered microgrid system and a vehicle-to-grid method for electrical power storage at Fort Carson, Colorado.Â through theÂ Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security initiative.
Hammack also noted the Energy DepartmentÂ and Sandia recently tested 20 Army-run microgrids and found the systems function well and employ cybersecurity tools.