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Island-mode Enhancement Strategies and Methodologies for Defense Critical Infrastructure

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-16-P-0044
Agency Tracking Number: T152-006-0116
Amount: $149,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA152-006
Solicitation Number: 2015.2
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-07-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-02-26
Small Business Information
3000 Kent Avenue, Suite C1-100
West Lafayette, IN 47906-1075
United States
DUNS: 161183322
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Paquette
 (765) 464-8997
Business Contact
 Eric Walters
Phone: (765) 464-8997
Research Institution

An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack could cause widespread outage of the commercial electric power system that could last for weeks to months. Microgrids for defense critical infrastructure (DCI) should thus be equipped to operate in islanded mode for extended periods of time using only local fuel storage and renewable energy sources. The primary difference between operating a microgrid in islanded mode for one hour vs. one month is the choice of energy sources. Therefore this effort approaches the problem primarily as an energy source optimization, with the goal of maximizing duration of islanded operation. A microgrid resiliency (MGR) software tool will be developed that will assess the resiliency and economic impact of different technology solutions as a function of the facility load requirements, local resources, geographic location, and length of time for stand-alone operation. This effort will investigate the robustness of microgrid controls to operation in degraded conditions and with missing information, which is important for operation in an EMP scenario. The Phase I effort will demonstrate proof of concept on a case study of a candidate DCI site, and if successful, will be matured and validated against test results for DCI sites in Phases II and III.

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