Raytheon demonstrates advanced microgrid system and control capabilities

Secure, efficient back-up power system to be fielded at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

TEWKSBURY, Mass., March 5, 2015 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and its partners, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Primus Power, and Advanced Energy (NASDAQ: AEIS) have successfully demonstrated an advanced microgrid system capable of islanded (off-grid) operation using stored and high penetration renewable energy.


The testing effort, conducted at NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility, incorporated Primus Power's EnergyPod® 706kVA powertrain, two AE 100kW solar inverters and Raytheon's Intelligent Power and Energy Management (IPEM) Microgrid Controller. The demonstration proved the ability for an Energy Storage System-driven microgrid with conventional photovoltaic (PV) inverters to achieve 100% PV penetration while retaining the power quality needed to satisfy critical facility loads. This maximizes the amount of solar energy that is utilized and minimizes the need to rely upon conventional fuel burning generators, reducing operational costs, logistical burden and carbon footprint.

Raytheon's IPEM Microgrid Controller provides key supervisory control functions, employing model-based control methods to coordinate operation of microgrid resources and perform advanced energy management functions. These capabilities provide safe and reliable microgrid operation while maximizing efficiency via optimal use of renewable resources (e.g., PV) that would otherwise be unavailable during off-grid operation. The demonstration validated key component and system functions and control features that serve as the basis of an Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)-funded demonstration system, which will be fielded at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in mid-2015.

"Raytheon's Intelligent Power and Energy Management Microgrid Controller leverages unique capabilities designed to provide enhanced energy management functionality to the Department of Defense," said Paul Ferraro, Raytheon's vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Advanced Technologies Programs. "Our IPEM technology enhances energy security and efficiency, which are essential components required to meet current and future DoD energy objectives."

About Raytheon
Raytheon Company, with 2014 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 93 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @raytheon.

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