US Army installations on Oahu able to survive on biodiesel-based microgrid during major outages

June 8, 2021 |

In Hawaii, during a major outage, the Schofield Generating Station will be able to power up a utility-owned microgrid consisting of three U.S. Army installations in Central Oahu. That’s what a joint Hawaiian Electric-Army exercise determined – just in time for hurricane season.

The inaugural test of the Schofield Generating Station’s microgrid capabilities affirmed that if power is lost at Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield and Field Station Kunia – all critical lifelines during an emergency – the three installations can be islanded and powered with 100% renewable energy from the Schofield-based power plant. The Hawaiian Electric-U.S. Army effort helps advance energy resilience and security for the Army.

SGS is the only power plant on Oahu that is located inland, protected from the potential impact of storms, tsunami and rising sea level. Although capable of operating on biodiesel or diesel, since commissioning it has operated on 100% locally refined biodiesel.

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