(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) WASHINGTON Safar 12 1437 November 24 2015 SPA -- The Air Force Research Laboratory is collaborating with the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transporation Technologies to explore microgrid and alternative fuel UPI reported.
The U.S. Air Force says the collaboration is part of an effort for the military branch to move toward greater energy security and independence. Under the five-year $20 million agreement the Air Force Research Laboratory will manage a microgrid demonstration project at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam aiming for the Hawaii Air National Guard base to function independently from the power grid for long periods of time.
"On a broader scale this project will demonstrate the practicality of microgrids and renewable energy sources to provide energy security for military facilities across the Air Force" AFRL program manager Kevin Spitzer said in a statement. "Hawaii's commitment to alternative energies made them the natural choice for a project like this."
The project explores a variety of alternative energies including wind power solar panels hydrogen vehicles and other energy-harvesting techniques. The project follows up on an earlier venture that focused on hydrogen production.
"Hawaii's high fuel costs mean that for us the return on investment is much quicker. Plus their commitment to a greener standard makes them great partners in this effort. It's a potential win-win for everyone involved" Spitzer added.
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