Honeywell has won a $3.4 million Defense Department grant to construct a microgrid that will connect emergency generators at the Fort Bragg U.S. Army post in North Carolina to distribute electricity across multiple structures.
The company said Tuesday it will provide its Secured Network of Assured Power Enclaves solution for the project, which is funded by the DoD’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program.
“[Fort Bragg] can’t lose power, but at the same time, they may be using too much power,” said Paul Orzeske, Honeywell Building Solutions president.
SNAPE is expected to reduce Fort Bragg’s energy use by sharing backup power between buildings, thus requiring fewer generators to continue base operations during power outages due to weather and other factors.
The technology, developed with Honeywell partner PowerSecure, is also designed to monitor spikes in energy use and alert the base to reduce consumption, as needed, to avoid straining the electrical grid.
Honeywell was also tasked to help Fort Bragg manage its central heating and cooling plant under a second ESTCP grant.
The Central Plant Optimization for Waste Energy Reduction project involves the use of predictive technologies to reduce energy consumption and costs by implementing energy generation and distribution controls, the company said.
Both projects are due for completion by 2015.