Members of 1 Engineer Support Unit recently visited the cold climate trials of the Hybrid Power Generation and Management System (HPGS) project in Ottawa. The HGPS incorporates solar, wind and diesel power generation into a single system that can be packed into a shipping container and sent anywhere in the world. It is designed to improve efficiency in NATO operations and reduce the dependence on fossil fuels.
In support of the achieving of the targets specified in Strong, Secure, Engaged Defence Policy as well as the Defence Energy and Environment Strategy, the Directorate of Land Requirements (DLR7), Directorate for Combat Support Equipment Management (DCSEM2) and Quality Engineering Testing Establishment (QETE) conducted a cold climate trial of the NATO’s Hybrid Power Generating System (HPGS) to determine if and how the use of renewables and conventional diesel generators can be used in the production of electricity in a cold climate.
This trial monitored the performance of a US Army hard walled shelter alongside a CAF Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) shelter. This event was conducted by a team of multi-disciplinary experts who operated the equipment during this past winter from March to May 2019, on the Natural Resources (NRCan) CanmetENERGY Complex in Ottawa. The findings of this trial will be directly applied to the Tactical Power and the Camp Sustain Capital Procurement Projects.
The HPGS was procured with $1M of funding provided by the Government of Canada to NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence located in Vilnius, Lithuania. Since 2016, it has been used on military exercises by the Lithuanian Army alongside a variety of NATO member nations. The HPGS Trial was be the first time this system was operated in an environment similar to that of a typical Canadian winter (i.e. with temperatures below -20˚C and snow load environment).
This trial is possible through a collaboration between the following multi-nation and government of Canada stakeholders: Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC), the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, the Lithuanian Army, US Army, Natural Resources CanmetENERGY and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). During the trial, up to six Lithuanian soldiers (technicians) were on site to train and support the Canadian team. For more information please contact Suzanne Cassolato, HPGS Trial Project Manager at Suzanne.Cassolato@forces.gc.ca
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