DHS Systems' networked power micro-grid performs well in NIE

DHS Systems' networked power micro-grid system was able to reduce fuel consumption by more than 60 percent duing testing at the Army's Network Integration Evaluation 13.1, the company said March 12.

The results of the performance of the Intelligent Power Technology micro-grid system were cited in a summary report issued in the aftermath of the event by the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), the company said.

NIE 13.1, which was held in fall 2012, enabled the Army to test a range of military equipment was tested in the field and in lab studies for efficiency, interoperability, and durability. DHS Systems' Intelligent Power Technology was entered into NIE as a system under evaluation to determine its ability to improve operational energy on the battlefield.

The purpose of the DHS' participation was to assess potential benefits of generators equipped with digital control panels and the associated Intelligent Power Technology compared to generators with traditional analog controls. During NIE, the Intelligent Power Technology system was used to power the Brigade Support Battalion TOC and three company command posts.

The TRADOC summary report concluded that the Intelligent Power Technology®generators consumed fuel at over a 60 percent savings compared to the analog generators operating under the same conditions. It stated that under the loads experienced during the exercise, traditional generators consume 300 gallons of fuel per day. 

The Intelligent Power Technology system, a micro-grid of six generators of varying outputs totaling 222 kW, consumed an average of 109 gallons of fuel per day—that consumption rate is only 36.3 percent of the rate of traditional analog generators. Overall, the Intelligent Power Technology system conserved 191 gallons of fuel per day, resulting in a total fuel saving of 63.67 percent.

Not only did Intelligent Power Technology conserve fuel but also it decreased the number of generators needed to supply power to the BSB’s operations centers. The number of generator sets needed decreased from 10 to 6, thus lightening the load by 40 percent.

In addition to the Intelligent Power Technology system’s fuel saving capability, the system’s remote monitor, efficient size, weight, power characteristics, and user-friendly interface were highlighted in the assessment report.


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