The Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) completed its Phase 1 operational demonstration at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in late January 2013. Part of the SPIDERS assessment team scrutinized controller operations, system status, and continuity of operations throughout the demonstration. Their report will focus on system effectiveness and training and contribute to the Transition Manager’s JCTD deliverables.
The SPIDERS work applies the energy surety microgrid approach that Sandia has been working on for many years. Sandia is the technical design lead (teaming with many other DOE labs), up until the work transitions to an integrator for final design and construction. Sandia and ECIS have gathered a dynamic and diverse staff group to work on SPIDERS.
The SPIDERS JCTD has been one of the most successful efforts in the DoD energy arena to date. SPIDERS works so well because of the balanced R&D approach between DoD and DOE. We’re doing some excellent applied work on decision support for microgrid design, but always keeping it grounded to what the installation needs most.