‘SPIDERS’ complete phase one at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Rear Adm. Frank Ponds (center), commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, learns about the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) from Dave Barr (left), the integration contractor from Burns and McDonnell, and Dr. George Ka'iliwai III (right), PACOM director of resources and assessment (J8), Jan. 25 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. U.S. Navy photo by Denise Emsley

Rear Adm. Frank Ponds (center), commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, learns about the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) from Dave Barr (left), the integration contractor from Burns and McDonnell, and Dr. George Ka’iliwai III (right), PACOM director of resources and assessment (J8), Jan. 25 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
U.S. Navy photo by Denise Emsley

Guests were invited to attend an operational energy security demonstration effort Jan. 25, co-sponsored by U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Northern Command, that is underway at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH). The effort is called Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD).

“We’re extremely pleased with recent demonstrations of the SPIDERS cyber-secure microgrid at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,” said Ross Roley, U.S. Pacific Command J81 energy office lead and SPIDERS operational manager.

“It’s the culmination of nearly four years of effort by two combatant commands, five national labs, the Departments of Defense, Energy and Homeland Security, and the Office of Naval Research with tremendous cooperation from Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii and the contractor team,” Roley said.

The purpose of the demonstration is to gather operational data on the protection of cyber-secure smart microgrids with demand side management and integration of renewable energy and energy storage on military installations for enhanced mission assurance during prolonged outages of commercial power.

“We have completed phase one at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,” said Ross. “The technical demonstration conducted in December 2012 exceeded expectations.”

In one test, the microgrid was synchronized to the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) power grid and “pushed” 1.2 MW of electricity to the utility, in essence slowing the meter down and acting as demand response. At another point in the testing, 90 percent of the required electricity came from renewable energy sources.

The deployment of cyber-secure smart microgrids on military installations will not replace commercial power as a primary source, but will enable secure and sustainable backup power for critical missions with enhanced reliability and endurance at installation scale.

In addition to providing enhanced energy security, the microgrid at JBPHH is expected to save $43,000 per year while a subsequent SPIDERS microgrid planned for Camp Smith could save up to $950,000 per year.

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