Intelligent Micro Grid:
Bagram Air Base
Power Systems & Controls' Intelligent Micro Grid utilizes a modular topology consisting of Tactical Deployable Monitoring Unit (TDMU) and single/multiple Tactical Deployable Power Unit/s (TDPU). The number of TDPU's is dependent on the load requirement. The TDPU's are building blocks; therefore, 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.
The TDMU is the "brain" of the Intelligent Micro Grid. It monitors and meets the load requirement by determining the best available power configuration as dictated by real time load data. The controls in the TDMU is completely programmable, user friendly and utilizes a color touch screen HMI. The controller has the capability to store multiple pre-configured load programs. Executable at the push of a button and run commands from real time data. The TDMU is also designed to incorporate alternate energy sources, such as solar. The TDMU can prioritize the alternative energy sources, relative to the engine sources, so once again maximum energy efficiency can be experienced.
The system maximizes all available power sources, whether combustion, solar, wind, or some other type of Alternative Energy Supply (AES). In the event a power source is requested to come online, but is 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 and make the selection based on a predetermined risk order. The decision is based on the intelligence of the TDMU's active alerts/alarms operating system. The TDMU's main purpose is to maximize the available power, engine life and performance, minimize engine fuel consumption and wear, and make intelligent selections as the power requirements change in real time.
The Combined Units:
The TDPU and TDMU will withstand harsh in-theater deployments. The self contained units support air transport and positioning. The TDPU's utilize special sand louvers and filters to keep micro particles from entering into the diesel engines air stream, thus increasing the engine's life. The external doors do not need to be open when the engines are running. The exhaust of the radiator and engine direct upwards greatly reducing the surrounding dB level.
Power Systems & Controls Intelligent Micro Grid utilizes a Plug & Play design for ease of connection and portability. All power connections between the TDPU and TDMU utilize identical connectors that cannot be interchanged into an incorrect plug; if it fits, then the connection is correct. All communication connections utilize the same topology as the load connections. This allows for the TDPU and TDMU to be up and running within 20 minutes after placed on-site. The TDMU recognizes the TDPU's power capability during the power connection. And automatically make adjustments to the internal "brain" configuration. This prevents the TDMU from exceeding that particular TDPU's power capabilities.
The Intelligent Micro Grid is available with SAT-COM capability. With the proper software, the system is accessible from any remote location. A USG threat assessment team tested the SAT-COM. Their findings not only indicate a low-level risk to the system integrity when external influences were present, USG testers were also unable to compromise the power output of the Intelligent Micro Grid.