Lockhead Martin to install 10-hour redox flow battery at Fort Carson

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to build the first megawatt-scale long-term energy storage system for the United States Department of Defense (DoD). GridStar Flow will be installed at Fort Carson, Colorado, for the United States military under the direction of the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) of the United States Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).

GridStar Flow is a redox flow battery designed for large capacity storage applications that stores energy generated from renewable energy sources and sends it to utility grids during peak demand or unexpected power losses.

Lockheed Martin’s first customer-placed production system is intended as a demonstration unit for the military and ERDC-CERL. This system will be tested against protocols simulating microgrid and renewable integration to ensure that critical missions can continue in the event of a prolonged power outage. The discharge is expected to take 10 hours.

“Electricity grids are undergoing unprecedented changes. Energy requirements are shifting as we consider renewable sources in conjunction with large-scale, long-term storage options,” said Dr. Andrew J. Nelson, CEO of CERL. “Solutions to increase resilience and self-sufficiency are critical to supporting DoD operations economically and sustainably.”

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Insights gained from this pilot project can support the implementation of future long-term storage across all DoD services and installations.

“We are committed to supporting the U.S. military’s climate strategy to advance modernization and preparedness across its armed forces as we seek solutions that deliver a safer, more sustainable and cleaner future,” said Tom Jarvi, Lockheed Martin GridStar Program Director. flow. “GridStar Flow is designed to meet emerging, long-term energy storage needs and to strengthen the necessary network resilience to address the security challenges of the 21st century.”

Lockheed Martin, ERDC-CERL and the US military plan to do groundbreaking work on this GridStar Flow project in the fall.

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