Emergency Diesel Generator Backup Power Systems for Military Bases

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Backup power systems on military installations must provide reliable power during a grid outage. The risks of blackouts and loss of electric power are not new. Outages of just a few hours are well known, but longer duration outages are becoming more frequent. The U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force now require backup power from one to two weeks. For multiday outages, the reliability of emergency diesel generators will have a significant impact on the installation’s backup power system’s ability to provide power for critical missions.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5C00-76600


  • backup power
  • emergency diesel generators
  • energy resilience
  • microgrids
  • reliability
  • standby diesel generators


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