In-Situ Atmospheric Intelligence for Hybrid Power Grids: Volume 1 (Feasibility Study)
Technical Report,01 Oct 2018,30 Sep 2019
US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory White Sands Missile Range United States
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Envisioning future optimized and fully versatile tactical energy includes the integration of not-yet standardized resources, such as solar energy. Once successful, the net result could reduce the current dependency on one-time-use fuels, lessen battery requirements lightening Soldier loads, and replace supply trains and logistics costs human and fiscal with longer-lasting, more durable materials that better optimize power utilization and generation. A separate US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory ARL microgrid simulation study found that with a minimal set of atmospheric parameters, hybrid power fuel consumption could be reduced. Bridging the gap between simulations and real-world applications posed the question, Can the needed atmospheric intelligence be gleaned from in-situ-only resources and formatted for an isolated, tactical hybrid power distribution manager The ARL in-situ Atmospheric Intelligence for Hybrid Power Grids AI-HPG Feasibility Study answered this question with an affirmative. This report documents the AI-HPG Test-bed design consisting of four primary elements two on-site atmospheric measurements and two models. Methods used to calibrate the models are presented. The feasibility study not only confirmed that the on-site-only data limitations could be successfully overcome, but also discovered that the test-bed output could contribute to microgrid simulation validation research. Future work includes automating the data flow and streamlining technology and techniques.