Integration of new generation technologies and improvement of energy efficiency in international missions

The Pentagon’s Operational Energy Strategy Report from 2016 analyzed the energy consumption of US troops and came to interesting results. The enormous fuel consumption and dependency is a weak point, serve as an example that, according to this report, fuel can represent 40% of the costs of an international company and that half of this fuel is used in the industrial sector to generate energy. basically from generators.

In addition to fuel consumption, the costs must be taken into account, which are much more expensive in the area of ​​application than in your own country and usually also of lower quality, which has a long-term effect on the performance of engines and generators. If the fuel has to be transported, the costs also increase, which means that the convoys are exposed to attack in the operational area.

These examples serve to illustrate some important ideas that are grouped under the name of logistic footprint, a concept of great relevance in recent years that some programs of the Spanish Ministry of Defense focus on (Official Doctrine, collected in document PDC-01) Doctrine for Using the FAS).

Abengoa proposes different energy solutions (Abengoa)

According to the publications of the Higher Center for National Defense Studies (CESEDEN), the scarcity of resources and the economic conditioner, on the one hand, along with the need to reduce the logistical footprint, will cause the search for energy savings in the units. involved in an operation. Achieving the energy self-sufficiency of bases and facilities will be the goal to be achieved.

It is therefore time to consider how the fuel consumption and logistical footprint of the units used can be reduced. The previous US Department of Defense report concluded that the best option is to combine and integrate different energy sources and adapt them to the area of ​​application, which implies that the solutions must be deployable.

Abengoa’s proposal

The Spanish company Abengoa, through its Aerospace and Defense Department, has confirmed this need, providing the Spanish Ministry of Defense with the experience of the parent company, a leader in the development of energy management and quality solutions from renewable sources and their hybridization with conventional sources .

Use of the LIVEX practice phase Trident Juncture 2015 # TJ15 (Spanish Army)

The solution proposed by Abengoa is to integrate new power generation technologies and improve energy efficiency in international missions. The strategy is to integrate flexible power generation systems adapted to the environment and mission to reduce the current burden on fuel logistics and ensure higher reliability and quality of power supply. This makes it possible to increase the effectiveness of the mission, to reduce the operating costs and also the pollutant emissions.

Abengoa presents solutions with 24-hour operation and a continuous power reserve of 20%. This ensures the operation of critical points, an integrated, modular and adaptable solution that combines or hybridizes generation and storage technologies to offer the optimal solution to customers based on their needs and operational requirements.

Abengoa’s Complete Energy Solution (Abengoa)

In particular, it must be able to project on land as well as in the air and at sea. Therefore a configuration is chosen based on the use of standard ISO containers of the 20 foot type. It must offer different electrical performance levels, be soundproof in order to reduce the acoustic signature, it can work in extreme areas with high starting reliability and offers stability in operation. In addition, it must be able to store electricity for 12 hours at full load and provide a central fault monitoring and control system.

For this purpose, the company carried out various simulations with scenarios and configurations, each optimizing the various criteria. The key to this solution lies in the hybridization of technologies, including batteries and hydrogen. Also take into account that the production of hydrogen using electrolysers produces high purity oxygen that could be used for health purposes in medical facilities.

Fuel is an important resource for operations abroad (army)

Likewise, a water management system could be installed that includes desalination or purification systems for the production of drinking water or for industrial use. Abengoa has extensive Abengoa experience in water treatment, both in the purification and treatment and reuse of wastewater, which can provide solutions for permanent storage. (Jos M Navarro Garca)

Cover picture: Generator use during exercise Valiant Lynx 18 (Spanish Army)

Abengoa proposes different energy solutions (Abengoa)

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