The Air Force Research Laboratory’s advanced power technology officeÂ has builtÂ a mobile energy storage and management system designed to provideÂ renewable energy power to futureÂ forward operating bases.
APTO developed the system as part ofÂ efforts to help address long-term energy requirements of U.S. armedÂ forces,Â AFRL said Thursday.
“Pieces of individual equipment have been demonstrated separately, and by combining them into a microgrid we learned how well they worked synergistically,” saidÂ 1st Lt. Jason Goins, a project engineer within the Air Force.
“We are taking what we learned and applying it to a rapidly deployable system…Â We are looking at something that will be set up and deployed in an hour.”
The U.S. Army‘s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center partneredÂ with APTO to perform joint testing and development tasks on the mobile energy management system trailer.
APTO also collaborates with its industry partners to build aÂ ground-basedÂ wind energy generator with a bladed turbine.
The Army-APTO team also lookÂ toÂ developÂ microgrid policies and equipment in the coming years.