Smart Battlefield Energy on Demand (SmartBED) Facility

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The Smart Battlefield Energy on Demand (SmartBED) facility enables state-of-the-art research on power distribution components and technologies to improve energy consumption at tactical installations. For example, 34 percent of total energy consumption at Army installations is from generator use. Limited control and oversight results in high energy losses, especially at small outposts and operating bases; however, power grids at the small bases are uniquely military in their need to operate independently while adapting to rapid changes in loads and sources. Recent advances in high performance computing, control topologies, and power conversion have the potential to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy waste, especially at small bases that lack personnel trained in power systems operation. The SmartBED facility provides the capability to analyze and optimize these advanced power control and conversion technologies in a controlled environment.

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