August 26, 2015 – Pacific Business News
The Air Force Research Lab and the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies have reached a $20 million agreement to develop a microgrid to increase energy efficiency, officials announced Wednesday.
The new energy system will allow the 154th Wing of the Hawaii Air National Guard and the 199th Fighter Squadron to manage a system independent from the main power grid.
Sen. Brian Schatz met with leaders at Joint Base Pearl Harbo-Hickam and toured facilities impacted by the cooperative agreement on Wednesday.
Electricity will be provided by the Air Force-HCATT hydrogen fuel cell source already on base, as well as other planned onsite renewable energy projects.
“The Air Force’s effort to develop a microgrid testbed in Hawaii will help ensure that the Air National Guard has access to the energy it needs to execute its defense and homeland security missions, while providing a proof of concept that alternative energy and microgrid technologies can support the Air Force's broader energy security goals,” U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said in a statement.
The Air Force Research Lab has committed an initial $3.2 million for the project.
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