Art Samberg

27-Sep-2017, 3:00 - 3:30PM

Session: Reliability, Resiliency, & Efficiency = ENERGY SECURITY

Track A | Energy Security & Government Energy Management | FEDENERGY WORKS

Improving Critical Infrastructure Resiliency

Art Samberg
Assistant Director
U.S. DOE Southeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership

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Disaster preparedness, security breaches and other unforeseen disruptive elements are crucial considerations for our nation’s Critical Infrastructure (CI) facilities. Energy security, resiliency, business continuity and emergency planning / operations are part of a complex network of infrastructure decision-­‐making. The incorporation of a CHP / district energy system provides opportunities to improve CI resiliency, mitigating the impacts of an emergency by allowing critical facilities to maintain operations without interruption. In addition, if the electric utility grid is compromised (such as from a natural disaster), a properly configured CHP system can provide an uninterrupted supply of electric and thermal power to the host facility maintaining its ability to provide mission critical services. A CHP system coupled with a microgrid can be configured for ‘islanding’ allowing for seamless operation completely independent of the grid.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP) offers regional CHP experts in support of data-­‐driven, objective information and analysis on CHP, waste heat to power, microgrids and district energy with CHP.

Specific examples of federal sector CHP / microgrid implementations include:

The Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command in Twentynine Palms, CA (MCAGCC) operates a 7.2 MW CHP system complimented by a 4.8 MW solar PV system and 1.0 MW of fuel cells.

Fort Knox, KY -­‐ Military / Hospital / Data Center implemented an 8.2 MW CHP as part of an energy security microgrid project that incorporates 44 MW of new power generation. The newly installed CHP generators are deployed at three different sites on post, chosen for being CI and prime locations for the thermal load.

This presentation will provide information on:

  • CHP, microgrid and district energy technologies;
  • Defining Critical Infrastructure and the value proposition;
  • Critical Infrastructure utilizing these technologies (examples/casestudies);
  • Benefits: Helping to protect public health & safety, economic security, regional / national security;


  • Potential for CI infrastructure nationally; and
  • Technical assistance offered through the US DOE CHP TAPs



Track: A Energy Security & Government Energy Management | FEDENERGY WORKS | Session: Reliability, Resiliency, & Efficiency = ENERGY SECURITY


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