Energy Storage Technology
Companies and military/government operations across the globe are seeking alternative energy solutions. The U.S. Department of Defense is investing billions in energy-saving initiatives, spurred in part by attacks on fuel convoys in battle and the potential of energy independence to create a safer world.
Raytheon has a wide range of experience and expertise in the storage, control and management of power.
The power systems we design ensure reliable energy sources, and help customers adjust to unpredictable fuel pricing and respond to mission requirements.
Raytheon's compact RK10 system supports widespread use of renewable energy, enhances smart power grids, provides power to remote sites and helps resolve power shortages after natural disasters. It includes an inverter, battery storage, power electronics, and cooling, control and monitoring equipment.
A related product, the RK30 improves overall energy reliability, reduces life cycle and generator fuel costs and supports integration of renewable technologies. It significantly reduces generator fuel consumption and allows diesel generation sets to run at optimum power and then shut down for sustained periods. The RK30 also stores renewable energy for optimal use, including during peak and evening hours.
Raytheon also plays a role in keeping power systems safe from cyber attacks. In early 2017, we formed a strategic partnership with Utilidata to deliver the capabilities needed to secure local power distribution systems and other elements of our nation's critical infrastructure. Utilidata brings experience in using real-time data from the electrical grid to detect and respond to cyber attacks, while Raytheon contributes expertise in proactive cyber threat hunting, automation and managed security services.
INTELLIGENT POWER KEEPS THE LIGHTS ON
For years, the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (pictured — image obtained from Defense Imagery Management Operation Center. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement) relied on California's power network to keep its large radar systems operational and carry out its vital national security mission. Recently, leaders recognized the need for a reliable backup energy system that could operate independently and sustainably. They turned to Raytheon and our long history of innovations in managing power.
Many of our products incorporate ingenious energy systems. These range from battery packs that can supply entire neighborhoods to electric gun systems that produce enough power to hurl projectiles at seven times the speed of sound.
Raytheon partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and others to develop a microgrid for energy storage that can stash away power from solar panels and other renewable sources. The system relies on Raytheon's Intelligent Power and Energy Management Microgrid Controller to keep electricity flowing while managing renewable sources.
Our energy storage capabilities are also on display at Otis Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts. The base is located on windswept Cape Cod. We're helping it generate revenue from its wind turbine and other local energy sources. We're also consolidating backup power generators to close an area of vulnerability.
"We'll be able to increase the number of buildings that have backup power from 5 to 34, and eliminate the need for several standby generators," said Raytheon engineer Dave Altman. "The economics work because they'll be cutting down on their electricity costs and sending electricity back to the New England grid. The net gain will be several hundred thousand dollars annually."