By Editors of Power Engineering
The U.S. military is set to embrace microgrids in a big way, according to a new report.
Navigant research predicted microgrid spending by the Department of Defense is set to grow from $453.4 million in 2017 to $1.4 billion in 2026.
Navigant indicated microgrid use will reduce the military’s heavy reliance on fossil fuel imports and improve physical and cyber energy security. Additionally, microgrids can help reduce the $4 billion the military spends annually on its 523 installations and 280,000 buildings.
“The DOD has played a remarkably consistent role in commercializing new technologies that provide tremendous social benefits within the larger civilian realm of society, including microgrids,” said Peter Asmus, principal research analyst at Navigant Research. “Perhaps the biggest impact the DOD could have on future microgrid growth globally is in the developing world.”
Navigant noted the Trump administration’s desire to increase military spending as well as tensions with North Koria could also provide more opportunities for microgrid investment.