Lockheed Martin announced on 8 October that it is providing energy storage capabilities to support the US Army’s efforts to enhance its base resilience, preserving power in the event of natural disasters, cyber attacks or shutdowns.

The company has introduced the densest energy storage system on the market to support resilience efforts. The latest example is Lockheed Martin’s collaborative effort with infrastructure firm AECOM to deliver a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at the Army’s Fort Carson base in Colorado. This BESS uses Lockheed Martin’s GridStar lithium energy storage system and is currently the Department of Defense’s (DoD) largest peak-shaving battery system.

The energy challenge is an engineering challenge, and that’s what we’ve been perfecting for more than 100 years,” commented Lockheed Martin Energy Vice President, Frank Armijo. “We have a unique range of energy storage solutions, and every system we offer is tailored to our customers’ mission needs.”

Lockheed Martin can extend DoD’s energy operations through:

Intelligent microgrid solutions: intelligent microgrids provide efficient, reliable and secure energy systems that integrate existing power generation assets with new or existing renewable power sources. These microgrids ensure power quality is maintained and can seamlessly transition from a grid-tied to an independent mode;

Energy storage solutions: Lockheed Martin recently released the company’s next-generation GridStar lithium energy storage system and is currently installing these systems for utility, commercial and military applications. Integrating the storage system with renewables provides clients the opportunity for more reliable energy and enables significant energy savings. These energy storage systems are UL 9540-certified, compact, easy to install and scalable from 100kW to multi-MW projects;

The company is also developing a revolutionary long duration energy storage solution dubbed GridStar Flow, which is currently in the final stages of design and testing. When complete, GridStar Flow will be safer, more flexible and more reliable than any other flow battery system previously developed, designed to provide power for more than 12 hours, ensuring the most flexible resilience solutions for government and commercial clients. GridStar Flow is targeted at providing microgrid support, renewable power shifting, and resolving transmission and distribution system bottlenecks;

Systems integration: An independent microgrid system, with inputs from multiple sources, requires a complex infrastructure and series of device controls to operate. Lockheed Martin customises solutions for each customer to meet their unique system requirements, with cyber security integrated into each subsystem.

The Army’s base at Fort Carson in El Paso, CO, is the latest recipient of the Lockheed Martin BESS energy management solution. (Photo: US Army)

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