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U.S. Department of Defense ESTCP


The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) needed to develop a standardized method to guide rapid and repeatable modeling and design of secure and resilient DoD microgrids globally.

This would provide enhanced energy reliability and enable DoD installations to safely ride-out prolonged utility power outages and sustain mission critical operations, using renewable energy resources and storage in an integrated microgrid system.


In order to efficiently model DoD Microgrids, a standard and repeatable approach was identified and detailed. The approach also included cyber security, implementation, and commissioning to complete the whole process of implementing a microgrid.

The aligned end goal was to be able to leverage the defined approach for the purpose of training users on microgrid design and the XENDEE platform. 

The deliverable created a standardized process for Microgrid implementation. The process envisioned was based on upgrading critical facilities in an existing Army facility or medium-sized grid-connected military base. While this deliverable covered all the military services, it focused solely on Army installations. 

The final output detailed the following steps:

  1. Preliminary assessment:  
    1. Project initiation for a Microgrid 
    2. Data collection for techno-economic assessment 
    3. Microgrid techno-economic assessment 
  2. Engineering design:  
    1. Data collection for detailed design 
    2. System architecture and power subsystem design 
    3. Cyber subsystem design, SCADA subsystem design and system integration 
  3. Construction: 
    1. Permitting and procurement 
    2. Construction and commissioning 
    3. Operation and maintenance 

As part of this analysis we detailed all the projected costs throughout the lifecycle of building a microgrid, including but not limited to, planning and feasibility studies, equipment or service, construction and installation, permitting, interconnection, metering, monitoring, and data acquisition, O&M or maintenance contract costs.

Many of these costs are inbuilt in the XENDEE platform.


The DoD gained a rapid and repeatable method to model and design secure and resilient DoD microgrids globally that included both cybersecure tools and proven processes for accurate and efficient design.

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