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The HibroM project address the challenge of energy self-sufficiency in temporary deployable camps

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Temporary deployable camps hold significant importance today, not only in defence but also in the civil sector. The adaptability and mobility of infrastructure are crucial not just for the operational capabilities of armed forces, but also in responding to natural disasters and providing humanitarian aid.

Transforming the energy supply of temporary deployable camps, as it stands today, is a critical step towards achieving the Green Deal. This transformation is essential both in terms of energy management concepts and the use of fossil fuels as the primary energy source.

Solutions such as alternative energy sources, smart central management, and monitoring of energy production and consumption, which will be developed as part of the HibroM project, represent the first step towards energy self-sufficiency.

Where do we stand today with energy management in the field of temporary deployable camps?

Deployable temporary camps for civil and defence use of the Slovenian Ministry of Defence (SiMoD) are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels. Besides having a high environmental footprint, this dependency also poses a logistical challenge for the camp due to the need for continuous fuel supply. The energy system, composed of units such as diesel generators, distribution cabinets, and consumers, operates on an on/off principle, which consumes large amounts of fossil fuels even for small energy demands, and burdens the camp and its surroundings with noise.

In the past, the key factors in the selection of temporary deployable infrastructure were solely functionality and the usability of proven solutions, but in recent years, environmental awareness in defence sector has also been increasing.

The Slovenian Ministry of Defence (SiMoD) has recognised the opportunities and the need to introduce new technologies, and in 2023 issued a call for research and development (R&D) and innovation projects to enhance its technological capabilities. One of the announced R&D projects is »HibroM – the development of a hybrid mobile microgrid for temporary camps«. The aim of the project is to modernise the energy system of temporary deployable camps or the camps used in the protection and rescue system.

The New Smart Energy Management System HibroM

SiMoD entrusted the implementation of the project to a consortium consisting of TECES, Robotina d.o.o., TAB d.d., and Stubelj d.o.o. The consortium impressed with its innovative solution, which will include:

  • Primary energy supply for the camps from solar power plants and batteries
  • Optimised hybrid diesel generators as a secondary energy source for battery charging
  • Dynamic monitoring of energy production and consumption
  • Centralised smart system management with adjustable operating modes

The HibroM solution will ensure the achievement of the project's goals: reduced fossil fuel consumption, the use of alternative energy sources, and smart management of the entire system. This will enhance the camp's resilience and reduce logistics and maintenance costs. For users, the new system will offer simpler management and control of consumption, and lower or zero noise emissions when the camp is powered by the solar power plant and batteries.

The energy management of HibroM deployable temporary camps will be centralised, allowing the system to operate optimally as a whole and to adapt to energy needs. The interoperability of the entire system will enable automatic regulation of the energy system, significantly improving the user experience and optimising energy consumption.

The HibroM project represents a qualitative leap in the energy supply of temporary deployable camps to a higher technological level. The system solution will be implemented in a real-world environment during the project, serving as a testbed for improvements and enhancements. The HibroM energy system can also be adjusted to the specific energy needs of individual camps.

Addressing the Challenges of New Technologies

Experienced and well-known subcontractors of the HibroM project, Smartis d.o.o., TPV prikolice d.o.o., Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (University of Maribor), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (University of Ljubljana), will address many challenges of new technologies. They will ensure cybersecurity within high standards of safety and resilience, resistance to vibrations and other external conditions, and secure storage. A digital twin will facilitate easy management and supervision of the entire system. We use state-of-the-art computer tools for modeling and designing to achieve the best possible end product during development.

Additional Information

dr. Marja JERIČ – TECES .:.  +386 2 333 13 56 .:.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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