The DES program seeks to provide uninterruptible power for forward operating bases during short-term power fluctuations lasting from milliseconds to hours, as well as during long-term power fluctuations lasting from hours to days. Photovoltaics power generation, for example, could be disrupted by a cloud passing in front of the sun, the sun setting, or a storm lasting for several days. Wind power, similarly, can stop when the wind dies down.
DARPA officials envision a DES system composed of short-term energy storage, long-term energy storage, and integrating the power storage with microgrid technology. Components of the system must work together to provide intelligent load sharing among several different storage and generation technologies.
The system at full charge will be able to provide an average load of uninterrupted power of 150-kilowatts for nine days with 90 percent reduction, and 30 days with a 30 percent reduction in power from renewable power generation. Companies chosen to participate in the DES program must demonstrate a 100-to-150-kilowatt average load system for 30 days.
Those who would like to attend the proposers day must register no later than 4 p.m. on 22 April. Request proposers day registration forms by e-mail at [email protected]. Use the subject line: Proposers Day Information.
After the conference, those attending may meet individually with Dr. Robert Mantz. Schedule appointments by e-mail at [email protected].
More information about the proposers day is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/ODA/DARPA/CMO/DARPA-SN-11-35/listing.html.