The PS&C Intelligent Micro Grid
utilizes a modular topology consisting of a TDMU (Tactical Deployable Monitoring Unit) and single/multiple TDPU's (Tactical Deployable Power Unit). The number of TDPU's is dependent on the load requirement. The TDPU's are building blocks, if more power is required, just add another TDPU. The TDMU combines the TDPUs into one power source, which in turn supports the required load.
Key Advantages of PS&C Intelligent Micro Grid:
- Reduction in Fossil Fuel Consumption
- Reduction in War Fighter exposure to hostile areas due to reduced fuel convoys and need for individual engine Preventative Maintenance (PM) requirements. (Ex. System fully depletes all available engine consumables, allowing for an "overall" PM, instead of an "individual" engine PM.)
- Reduction in premature damage to engines
- Maximization of system consumables (Ex. System's ability to fully use all consumables - filters, oil, etc. - allowing for all engines to be serviced at one time, with all consumables fully depleted.)
- Tactically deployable with plug & play topology, reducing the need for trained technicians to complete the initial system site placement and start-up
- Modular design: allowing for airlift operations in remote areas without sacrificing required power needs
- Compatible with Alternative Energy Sources (AES) and energy storage devices, further reducing fossil fuel, consumables, and PM costs
The TDMU is the "Brain" of the Intelligent Micro Grid
. The TDMU monitors and meets the load requirement by determining the best available power configuration as dictated by real time load data. The TDMU is completely programmable, user friendly utilizing a color touch screen HMI. The TDMU has the capability to store multiple, preconfigured load programs to execute at the push of a button, or execute run commands off of real time load data. The TDMU, because of its design, can also incorporate alternative energy sources, such as solar, wind, etc. The TDMU can prioritize the AES, relative to the engine sources, so once again maximum energy efficiency can be experienced.
The TDMU maximizes all available power sources, whether combustion, solar, wind, or some other type of AES. In the event a power source is requested to come online, but found not to be available, the TDMU will select the next best option. In the event the TDMU cannot obtain the power requirement within normal operating parameters; the TDMU will then disregard the active alerts/alarms. The TDMU will then make the selection based on a predetermined risk order as pertaining to the active alerts/alarms active in the system The TDMU's main purpose is to maximize the available power, engine life and performance, while minimizing engine fuel consumption and wear, by making intelligent selections as the power requirements change in real time.
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