The nation’s security is compromised by the fact that a large majority of the energy we consume comes from foreign sources. Our security is placed in jeopardy by foreign competition for the energy resources and international instabilities and conflicts. DoD Energy Assurance seeks to develop and apply tools to conduct comprehensive vulnerability assessments of critical missions at military installations. The conceptual designs will eventually demonstrate the ability of the base to support critical off-base infrastructure such as first responders, hospitals, etc. as an element of the community disaster response options.
The reliability and security of the energy infrastructure is an essential requirement for the mission readiness of military facilities and for high-consequence private enterprises. The Energy Surety Microgrid developed by Sandia improves the reliability and performance of the energy infrastructure. Five distinguishing characteristics of the Energy Surety Microgrid are:
- Sustainability, and
- Cost effectiveness.