Hawaii Air Force Unit to Test Trash-Powered Power Grid

Posted March 18, 2016 at 8:33am

The Associated Press reports that “the Air Force unit that defends Hawaii skies will get experimental energy technology that uses trash to generate power and relies on its own small electrical grid — a system intended to keep the unit operating if a bomb, cyber attack or natural disaster knocks out the local utility.”  

“The Air Force Research Laboratory is spending $6.8 million on a facility that will produce electricity for the Hawaii Air National Guard unit that flies F-22s, the nation’s most advanced fighter jet.”  

“Under the plan, the facility and accompanying microgrid would be able to break off and operate independently from Hawaiian Electric.”