Port Hueneme U.S. NAVY Microgrid Test Site
Northern Reliability, Inc. was selected by the Palo Alto, CA-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to design and build two transportable microgrid Battery Energy Storage Systems for the U.S. NAVY. The microgrid will use solar energy and the BESS, along with NAVY site generation, to provide emergency backup electricity to the critical NAVY electrical loads. The ability of the microgrids to enhance electric reliability and resilience in response to local grid power outages is the primary driver of their deployments, especially for U.S. military bases. NRI’s BESS systems were delivered to Port Hueneme Naval base in early 2020 for testing to better understand the real-world performance, capital costs, and maintenance costs of such battery subsystems when integrated into a ‘seamless’’ backup electrical power microgrid.