The concept of energy sharing is made difficult by the need to rapidly reconfigure military hardware in support of varied missions. Military equipment must have the ability to operate independently, even if not at optimal operating points, but then share power when opportunities exist. Dynamic reconfiguration of power systems has historically been difficult for mechanically or digitally controlled systems equipped with traditional technologies. This report describes a fundamental step in building an energy-sharing infrastructure, effectively creating redundant sources of energy supply and significantly reducing the logistical burdens associated with providing power. The authors have developed and tested an intelligent power management and power grid system that optimizes performance and efficiency through local and system-level autonomous control. The grid system was based on existing military, trailer-mounted, mobile power equipment. A reduction in fuel consumption of 36 percent was observed. In addition, prioritized load shedding was demonstrated as a means to prevent the generators from being overloaded.

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