Throughout Hurricane Zeta final yr, the Naval Building Battalion Heart was plunged into darkness as the bottom misplaced energy in the course of the evening.
A challenge known as ‘microgrid,’ which has been 5 years within the making, might present the bottom with uninterrupted energy from diesel turbines and solar energy.
Earlier than the challenge, the bottom must depend on turbines and if a generator went down, they’d no backup.
Thursday morning a Blackstart Train was held with the assistance of Mississippi Energy to check the microgrid.
The mission was profitable and the bottom is the primary in the whole Navy set up command to conduct the train, now they’ll analyze just a few deficiencies and put together for what could roll our manner through the 2021 hurricane season. Base Vitality Supervisor Ron Jenkins stated, “So, what the microgrid permits us to do right here is take three megawatts of energy and supply to our key operation amenities on the set up. So, in instances of when Seabees are known as alongside for pure catastrophe restoration, hurricane landfall, we’ll be capable to function and supply that group assist if obligatory.”
Mississippi Energy was completely happy to work alongside our Navy in order that they’re higher ready for hurricane season.