DRASH® Intelligent Power Technology® (IPT) enables generators to operate together with greater efficiency, by reducing fuel consumption, overhead, and mobility.
IPT is delivered field ready to the soldier in a rapidly deployable package. By combining DRASH Intelligent Power Technology with the proven reliability of DRASH Utility Support Trailers (UST), soldiers have a highly mobile and battlefield proven platform that can easily be reconfigured from one location to the next to meet all power generation needs.
IPT operates in the toughest terrain and is easily towed behind common military vehicles. These trailers conform to established “safe to transport” criteria by the Military Transport Management Command (MTMC) as suitable for “secondary and unimproved roads” and sealift transportability. Many trailers are also certified for air transport aboard select military aircraft. They have been tested at the Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) in Maryland and the Nevada Automatic Testing Center (NATC) to meet all U.S. Military standards for trailers.
DRASH Intelligent Power Technology provides soldiers with the capabilities they need to prioritize and control multiple generators, supplying only the power necessary to meet a facility’s immediate operational requirements. IPT is outfitted with a simple and user-friendly touch screen that has robust functionality, so that soldiers can easily control operations from their fingertips.
IPT is designed for plug-and-play. Utilizing the latest in connected cabling, it instantly recognizes additional inputs, and is smart enough self-adjust automatically to power demand changes, without interruption.
This technology also features real-time system performance and diagnostics tools, enabling users to monitor fuel levels, engine temperature, oil pressure, run speeds, and many other essential parameters. Many of these parameters can easily be monitored remotely from inside a DRASH Shelter System. With this capability, soldiers can make sure vital systems are operating in the most efficient manner and optimum output levels, while maximizing fuel efficiency. IPT also saves on maintenance costs and even extends the working life of the system.
Benefits of IPT
- Designed to run on “island mode,” operating independently of other generators used to power the command center
- Sized to run peak loads, often providing more power than as is actually required
- Multiple generators continuously running on partial loads creates unnecessary runtime hours and uses exorbitant amounts of fuel
- Unexpected peaks in demand can lead to brownouts
- Simple analog gauge provides limited power output information
- Unburned fuel can clog the engine block, leading to such maintenance issues as wet-stacking
- Power output of 18 kW
Intelligent Power Technology
- Allows personnel to connect multiple generators together in parallel, creating a deployable power grid
- Power management system with automatic start/stop capabilities only runs the number of generators needed to meet immediate power requirements
- Load sharing ensures that demand for power will be distributed among generators left running, optimizing fuel usage
- Load shedding turns off low-priority equipment to prevent brownouts during sudden peaks in demand
- Onboard digital monitoring system provides detailed power output information and tracks fuel consumption
- Anti-wet stacking prevents engine from being clogged with unburned fuel
- Power output of 22 kW
TOC Using Analog Trailers
Generators running on “island mode.” From a power perspective, the above tactical operations center (TOC) is comprised of three separate facilities that each require its own generator.
TOC Using DRASH IPT Trailers
DRASH IPT Trailers allow personnel to connect generators to run together as a single power grid and reduce fuel consumption. In this TOC, all generators are working together as a single power grid.
Although relatively new, DRASH Intelligent Power Technology is making its way into the field and can be found supporting numerous programs.