This is the final version of a video clip showing activities of the Smart Energy unit during the exercise Capable Logistician 2015 (CL15) (Hungary, 8-19 June). The clip includes sound bites by experts who were brought together under the Advanced Research Workshop "Smart Energy in CL15: From Observation to Recommendation" that took place during CL15. The experts observed and assessed Smart Energy activities and provided recommendations for standardisation.
The heart of a micro grid is a computer-controlled energy management system that is usually connected to a rack or container with rechargeable batteries. The batteries are charged by various energy sources, for example diesel generators, photovoltaic (solar) panels or wind turbines. The energy management system measures the demand, sets priorities for power delivery and automatically powers up and shuts down diesel generators as needed.
A hybrid energy micro grid combines several energy sources, including, for example, main grid, diesel generator, geothermal, solar and wind power. Expanding a micro grid with a large solar power field providing free energy makes the deployable camps more fuel independent and sustainable.
During the exercise Capable Logistician 2015, the scenario “Fuel supply delay” required the deployment of additional solar power to be added to a micro grid. In this case a highly mobile solar roll-array solar was deployed. Smart Energy experts also provided advice on how to reduce the energy consumption of other logistics unit of the exercise, especially of operational and accommodation tents.
A hybrid generator combines a diesel generator with battery storage in one unit, to which solar panels can be added. Batteries are an important enabler for Smart Energy because they store surplus energy and mitigate power fluctuation from renewable energy sources. The stored energy can then be continuously released. The diesel generator is only powered-up in case of a greater demand from electrical consumers.
During the exercise Capable Logistician 2015, the scenario “Main power cut” at the First Aid tent triggered a command for alternative energy supply. Smart Energy provided a mobile solar power trailer with integrated batteries to bridge the power cut until the main power grid was repaired. The trailer can be towed by an ordinary Jeep and its deployment takes under a minute.
During the exercise Capable Logistician 2015, the scenario “Flood crises” required additional energy equipment and water purification units to be deployed in an area with inaccessible roads. Solar panels and tent material were airdropped and a light weight, energy efficient water purification unit was carried to the site of contaminated water. Highly mobile and low-energy consuming water purification units allow expeditionary troops and disaster respond teams to produce drinking water where needed, independent from power grids, diesel generators and roads.
“Smart Energy” describes NATO’s efforts to enhance the energy efficiency of its armed forces. This can be achieved by a wide range of means, such as the increased use of renewable energy, better energy management, new technologies for energy storage and most importantly, behavioural change. Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, NATO Assistant Secretary General for the Emerging Security Challenges Division, shares his thoughts.
Capable Logistician 2015 is a field training exercise designed to test a range of logistics units, including energy-efficient solutions, in an effort to cut cost while enhancing interoperability and military effectiveness. By Vincent Pedican from SHAPE.
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The video gives a glimps into the vision of experts for reducing the footprint of energy, water and waste in the military. The experts met for a three-day NATO workshop in the Danish city of Sønderborg.
Microgrid technologies could not only help the military significantly reduce its energy demand both at home and abroad, but also they could reduce the number of fuel-supply convoys required on the battlefield and the number of troops killed in fuel-supply convoy attacks. This video highlights two ARPA-E projects that have formed strategic partnerships with the military to enable these microgrids at forward operating bases.
Flotta Verde, Italy
The Italian “Flotta Verde” (Green Fleet) project started in close conjunction with the earlier US Navy Great Green Fleet initiative that will culminate with an alternative energy demonstration activity at sea in 2016. On January 29th, ITS Foscari became the first ship certified for the Italian Navy’s Green Fleet, one day after its return to home port and upon completion of a 5 hours sea trial. The successful trial was the final stage of the experimentation protocol for this green fuel which is fully compliant with the NATO Standard F76 naval fuel specifications. ITS Foscari’s sea trial on green F76 demonstrated that it is possible to reduce the Italian Navy’s foreign oil dependency up to 50%. This is a very ambitious target for the Italian Navy Fleet’s consumed energy from alternative sources to be reached in the coming decade and yet it contributes, together with energy savings and increased energy efficiency, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and comply with international reduction commitments.