U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin Commission Microgrid at Fort Bliss

       U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin Commission Microgrid at Fort Bliss

PR Newswire

EL PASO, Texas, May 16, 2013

EL PASO, Texas, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin
(NYSE: LMT) officials commissioned the first U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
grid-tied microgrid integrating both renewable resources and energy storage
during a ribbon cutting ceremony today at Fort Bliss, Texas. The project was
funded by the DoD's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130516/NE15796-INFO)

The Fort Bliss grid-tied microgrid is designed to reduce overall greenhouse
gas emissions and energy costs while providing the capability to operate
independent of the electric utility grid when needed to provide energy
security.

Events leading up to today's commissioning occurred in phases that involved
installing hardware, upgrading software, bridging traditional and renewable
energy generation sources and ensuring the microgrid operates efficiently. The
program now enters its demonstration phase, which is slated to continue
through July.

"We are excited to lead the Army in energy efficiency. This microgrid supports
Fort Bliss' Environmental Campaign Plan, aimed at reducing our carbon
footprint. This cost-effective project will incorporate renewable energy
sources, lowering our electric output," said Major Joe Buccino, Fort Bliss
spokesperson. "The tactical utility of this technology is its ability to allow
us to operate off the grid. We are entering an age of emerging threats and
cyber warfare. We are assuming an unacceptable measure of risk at fixed
installations of extended power loss in the event of an attack on the fragile
electric grid. This project represents the future of military energy
security."

"The Fort Bliss microgrid will provide the DoD and other government and
commercial organizations with the data and confidence necessary to transition
microgrid technologies into wider scale use," said Jim Gribschaw, director of
energy programs at Lockheed Martin. "Microgrids are the key to an energy
efficient and secure future for sites such as defense installations,
hospitals, universities, commercial businesses and industrial sites."

In 2010, Lockheed Martin received the contract to demonstrate an Intelligent
Microgrid at the U.S. Army's Brigade Combat Team complex at Fort Bliss. The
microgrid consists of onsite backup generation, a 120 kilowatt solar array, a
300 kilowatt energy storage system, utility grid interconnection and Lockheed
Martin's Intelligent Microgrid Control System. The energy storage system is
especially critical in lowering cost and maintaining a steady stream of
energy. The system also stores energy to respond to high periods of energy
demand and to produce reliable power. 

Lockheed Martin completed Integrated Smart BEAR Power System (ISBPS) and
Hybrid Intelligent Power (HI Power) microgrid system contracts last year.
ISBPS equips the U.S. Air Force with lightweight, air-transportable microgrid
assets to power a mobile air base. HI Power provides the U.S. Army an
efficient, reliable and secure microgrid configuration to reduce fuel
consumption at tactical operations centers.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 118,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture,
integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and
services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

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SOURCE Lockheed Martin

Website: http://www.lockheedmartin.com
Contact: Lockheed Martin: Jack Giese, 214-215-7597; email,
john.w.giese@lmco.com; U.S. Army: Major Joe Buccino, 915-472-0287; email,
joseph.p.buccino.mil@mail.mil
 
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