Arista Power wins US Army Micro-Grid contract
Arista Power has announced that it has been awarded a contract by the US Army for the development of a new Intelligent Micro-Grid. The award will see the company will act as prime contractor to complete Phase One activities.
The Intelligent Micro-Grid will be designed to seamlessly integrate both renewable and traditional energy sources to provide the scalability and automatic operation needed to deliver highly reliable power in areas where military operations are taking place across a broad spectrum of energy requirements and applications with a goal of minimising the use of fossil fuels and saving lives by reducing the need to transport diesel fuel.
Under the contract, Arista Power will develop the Intelligent Micro-Grid for the Renewable Energy for Distributed Under-Supplied Command Environments (REDUCE) program under the guidance of the US Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC). They will deliver a demonstration of the system in approximately 3 to 6 months at CERDEC. The program has a Phase Two option for CERDEC to provide additional funding for continued development upon the successful completion of Phase One.
According to the company, the US Department of Defense (DOD) has been mandated to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency, implement high performance sustainable Federal building standards, and to produce or procure 25% of its total energy from renewable sources by 2025. The contract will help the DOD achieve these goals.
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