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NREL Designing Microgrid to Back Up USAFA Critical Loads

January 30, 2013

NREL grid and dispatchable power experts are helping the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, develop a system to maintain power to critical loads when power is unavailable from the local utility. Under an agreement with USAFA and in collaboration with Colorado Springs Utilities, NREL will design a USAFA microgrid using its Continuously Optimized Reliable Energy (CORE) Microgrid Design process.

The four-step CORE process evaluates existing reports, gathers data, analyzes designs, and monitors project implementation and installation. The data gathering and preliminary generation design evaluation phases are nearly complete. Generation options identified during the preliminary evaluation include combined heat and power, energy storage, and PV. The design analysis phase will include detailed analysis of up to three microgrid configurations.

Learn more about NREL’s microgrid design expertise and work with theU.S. Department of Defense.

—Devin Egan