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ESTCP Solicits Environmental and Installation Energy Technology Proposals for FY 2015 Funding

The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), the U.S. Department of Defense’s environmental research program, solicits Environmental and Installation Energy Technology Proposals for FY 2015 funding. Pre-proposal submissions are due on April 1, 2014 and should be related to Energy Efficiency for Military Buildings; Assessment of Vapor Intrusion; Weapons Systems and Platforms; and Water Conservation and Reuse for Military Facilities. More information about the solicitations is available here. ESTCP Director, Dr. Anne Andrews, will also conduct an online seminar entitled “ESTCP Funding Opportunities for Environmental and Energy Technologies” on February 21, 2014 from 12:30-1:30pm Eastern Time. Pre-registration for this webinar is required here.

 

Hybrid Generator Could Reduce Operational Base Fuel Costs by 50%

In an effort to alleviate a logistical challenge of supplying diesel fuel for military forces in the field, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) embarked on Earl Energy’s FlexGen “hybrid generator” which, according to the company, can reduce the amount of fuel used by generators at outposts by more than 50%. Regular diesel generators that the U.S. military uses to power its operating bases run non-stop without adjusting to the fluctuations of power demand of air conditioners, electronics and other gear. Consequently, the fuel efficiency is compromised when the demand for power is lower than the generator’s full capacity. As the IEEE Spectrum article describes, in contrast, the hybrid generator “is wired to a diesel generator running at full capacity, which is how it’s most efficient. When there is excess power, the diesel generator charges the batteries. If the batteries have enough stor...

The Georgia National Guard Embarks on Solar Power

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will use high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules to power its military base in Savannah, Georgia. The modules, manufactured by a metro-Atlanta based Suniva, Inc., will be used in the roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) solar system on the Georgia National Guard’s Hunter AASF building and will generate around 160,000kWh per year. According to installer, Solar Energy USA, the array should be installed and operational by the end of Q1 2014. The DOD Georgia’s use of solar power is yet another example of the U.S. military effort to increase the total installed capacity of renewable energy sources from 80 megawatts (MW) in 2013 to more than 3,200 MW by 2025.  Read more on this from Business Wire. 

Military Smart Grids & Microgrids Symposium

The Military Smart Grids & Microgrids Symposium 2014 will bring together key planners, policy makers and technical experts in developing smart and microgrid systems.  This two-day symposium offering networking and exhibiting opportunities will be held in Washington D.C. on April 8-9, 2014. The symposium will feature keynote speakers such as for instance the Honorable Dennis V. McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Energy Installations & Environment, speaking on “Navy Energy: Needs, Challenges & New Strategic Programs for Sustainability; the Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Installations, Energy & Environment, delivering a keynote address on “Army Energy Outlook: Needs, Challenges & New Initiatives”. Read more about the agenda and speakers.

Energy Efficient Outpost Modeling Consortium to Reduce Fuel Use in Forward Operating Bases

As a part of an effort to reduce cost and risk of getting fuel to forward operating bases, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) concluded a new cooperative agreement with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop information that military resource planners can use to optimize energy consumption depending on their specific local conditions and mission needs. This consortium, the first of its kind, plans to use simulations to determine how best to integrate existing technologies, including renewable fuels. The Energy Efficient Outpost Modeling Consortium has three pillars including: Energy Resource Planning Tool; Energy Resource Dashboard and Control; and Energy Efficiency Training. The consortium is supported by the DOD’s Operational Energy Capabilities Impr...

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