Lockheed Martin to Demonstrate Full-Scale Intelligent Microgrid Solution at Fort Bliss
DALLAS, TX, 12/15/2010 --
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was selected by the U.S. Department of Defense's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) to demonstrate an Intelligent Microgrid at a U.S. Army's Brigade Combat Team complex at Fort Bliss, TX.
An Intelligent Microgrid manages the distribution of electrical power generated by various sources, continuously balancing loads and supplies while ensuring that all elements of the grid perform at peak efficiency, whether they're connected to a larger grid or operating in an isolated mode. The microgrid helps to stabilize fragile power grids, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut energy costs, as well as enhance energy security of government installations.
Both deployed and permanent military complexes have a growing need to reduce energy consumption and efficiently use available energy sources. The ESTCP seeks to demonstrate a solution that provides greater than 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.
"Government installations must meet challenging new energy reduction and renewable energy mandates, as well as address critical energy security objectives," said Gil Metzger, director of Intelligent Microgrid Solutions at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Our Intelligent Microgrid Solutions provide the efficiency, reliability and security necessary to satisfy such demanding requirements for our customers."
During the two-year program with ESTCP, Lockheed Martin will prove the Microgrid's ability to provide additional power in times of high energy demand, while reducing the customer's overall cost. The demonstration will also show the system's ability to maintain power to critical operations despite the elimination of a major power source. Upon successful completion, this demonstration will help pave the way to the implementation of this technology to a wider range of Department of Defense facilities.
Earlier this year, Lockheed Martin was awarded contracts for the Integrated Smart BEAR Power System (ISBPS) and the Hybrid Intelligent Power (HI Power) microgrid system. ISBPS intelligently integrates easily-deployable, renewable power generation into the Air Force's Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resource system, which equips U.S. Forces with lightweight, air-transportable assets to power mobile air bases. HI Power provides forward operations facilities, such as tactical operations centers, combat support hospitals and forward operating bases, with an efficient, reliable and secure power solution needed to reduce their fuel consumption, as well as substantially reduce the power system's size and weight.
"We have enhanced the planning, design and testing capabilities of our Microgrid Development Center to better serve our customers' growing energy requirements," said Metzger. "We are confident that our Intelligent Microgrid Solutions can provide a dependable source of energy through a secure network that will alleviate the warfighter's power concerns in both fixed installations and in deployed operations."
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 133,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44.0 billion.