Estimating Economic and Logistic Utility of Connecting to Unreliable Power Grids
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LEXINGTON United States
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Remote military, scientific, refugee, and industrial facilities may operate in areas with unreliable host nation HN power grids. The economic and logistic utility costs and benefits of connecting the facility to the grid can be quantified. A rigorous simulation model, the Host Nation Power Analysis Tool HPAT, was developed to analyze specific bases. A more generalized, but still useful simplified equation is also derived to help decision makers determine whether to connect to the grid or not. Several practical examples of using these models are also presented. In the cases studied, it was always found that using the Host Nation grid was better. One can think of HN power like other intermittent sources, like solar, and still design a facility energy architecture that benefits from that source when available.
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies