The Air Force Research Laboratory’s advanced power technology office has built a mobile energy storage and management system designed to provide renewable energy power to future forward operating bases.
APTO developed the system as part of efforts to help address long-term energy requirements of U.S. armed forces, 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,” said 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… 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 partnered 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 a ground-based wind energy generator with a bladed turbine.
The Army-APTO team also look to develop microgrid policies and equipment in the coming years.