Army deploys microgrid technologies in Afghanistan

Tuesday - 7/12/2011, 10:07am EDT

In Afghanistan, the Army is experimenting with microgrid technology that could allow soldiers at forward operating bases to do a much better job of managing their electricity use, and simplify the complicated generator systems that deliver power right now. The system is designed to allow generators and power consuming devices to talk to one another, and to intelligently turn individual generators on and off as they're needed. The microgrids could also support renewable technologies, such as solar in the future.