Realizing energy security on a DoD installation using photovoltaics with a battery energy storage system
Keesee, Cody W.
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Energy security is a critical facet of installation energy management, which is a key focus of a base’s Public Works Officer and Energy Manager. Providing full-time power to critical infrastructure loads on a base or facility during commercial grid disruptions is the definition of true energy security. Determining the most stable and efficient source of energy and means of storing the installation’s power, whether it be renewable or not, is a key concern. For solar renewable energy, the climate is of utmost importance. Weather and climate are two components that dictate the output of a photovoltaic array. Coupling the array with battery storage is a proven method to provide energy security. Capitalizing on currently installed energy generation systems and combining this with new construction infrastructure of new arrays and storage can make energy security realizable. In this thesis, we introduce a novel design tool that sizes solar arrays. When applied to a facility in Monterey, it is clear that relying upon solar arrays to provide complete energy security is not practical. The low average peak-sun hours and subsequent high-energy storage requirements do not support the installation of large-scale solar arrays for energy security purposes.
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