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The Largest Renewable Energy Project in U.S. Military History

El Paso Electric is building a 20 MW solar farm at Fort Bliss in Texas; a major step toward making the installation net zero – producing as much energy as it consumes. The solar farm is expected to be completed in 2015. Fort Bliss is already home to the U.S. Army’s second-largest, 1.4 MW solar array. It has also installed a 13.4 MW rooftop solar on housing posts. In addition, another 20 MW contract with El Paso Electric is being discussed, as well as a plan with the city of El Paso to convert waste to energy. Read more from the U.S. DoD website. 

 

Energy Efficient Shelter System for Expeditionary Basing

The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), also known as Natick Labs, embarked on an energy efficient shelter system that provides full-living capability for military personnel at base camps. The Self-sustaining Living Module (SLiM) concept developed by Leidos Inc. is designed to enhance self-sufficiency and habitability to support expeditionary bases. According to Leidos, the rigid-walled, modular shelter system can be set up by soldiers without material handling equipment and includes energy efficiency systems that reduce water and fuel resupply needs. Specifically, the SLiM system has several features that alleviate expeditionary basing challenges including solar energy collection and microgrid power management, rainwater collection, water purification systems, and easy onsite setup and teardown. In addition, with the capability of energy water...

A Listing of Open Defense Energy Solicitations for Businesses

The Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy created a web page featuring a list of open, operational energy-related solicitations announced by the U.S. Department of Defense. The most recent 2014 solicitations call for technologies to reduce the power and weight demands placed on dismounted soldiers, technologies that could be used to reduce energy and water consumption at expeditionary bases, and technologies that can harvest energy from Marines on patrol and from generator waste heat. The full list, which continues to be updated as new solicitations emerge, can be accessed HERE.

FY14 Operation Energy Innovation Fund Call for Proposals

The office of the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs issued the third annual call for proposals for U.S. DoD's Operational Energy Capabilities Improvement Fund (OECIF) which funds science and technology programs to enhance the energy performance of U.S. military forces in the field. This year's topic is "Analytic Methods for Considering Operational Energy." For this particular program, proposals should come from DoD components and not from non-governmental organizations. Read more directly from a cover memo HERE.

Natural Gas as a Fuel for Military Vehicles

While approximately one thousand U.S. military domestic non-tactical vehicles run on natural gas, when it comes to the U.S. tactical fleet abroad, there exist several barriers to switching from traditional liquid fuels to natural gas as a direct fuel, observes Bret Strogen, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow on the Innovation Team within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy. These barriers revolve around availability, compatibility, energy density, safety, and economics. Read more about each of these factors HERE.

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