Defense Energy Technology Challenge

Energy security and independence are two goals at the heart of the U.S. Military’s investment in clean energy technologies.

Congratulations to the 2012 Defense Energy Challenge Finalists, Defense Energy Invited Speakers and TROPEC Invited Speakers.  Over 250 high quality submissions were vetted by the joint DOD, Investment & Corporate review committee.  The U.S. Department of Defense is seeking, driving and deploying innovative energy solutions to increase the safety of its troops, lower energy costs, and reduce its reliance on foreign energy supplies. With collaboration from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, the 2nd Annual Defense Energy Technology Challenge is delivering some of these top defense-targeted clean energy solutions for matching with test and procurement opportunities.  Join us as these leading companies present their technologies to the defense, clean industry and investment communities, August 13 -15th, in Honolulu Hawai‘i.

Defense Energy Technology Challenge (DETC) - Winner

OrganizationState/CountryApplicationProject Title
Alta DevicesCA/USRenewable Power (Solar, Wind, Geothermal)Ultra high efficiency and light weight solar cells
Caterpillar Defense & Federal ProductsIL/USSmart/Micro GridCaterpillar SMART-Microgrid with Renewable Energy Sources
Honeywell Federal Systems GroupCA/USBiofuel TechnologiesBiofuel with secure microgrid
Hydrogenics CorporationON/CAGrid-Scale Energy StoragePower-to-Gas
Packet Digital LLCND/USPower ElectronicsPowerSage Power Management Integrated Circuits
Referentia Systems IncorporatedHI/USSmart/Micro GridCyberWalls PROTECT
Umpqua Energy, Inc.OR/USVehicle Technologies - OtherEVOPAC, Emission Reduction for IC Engines
Cool Energy, Inc.CO/USPower Generation & Fuel EfficiencyWaste Heat Recovery Using the SolarHeart Stirling Engine
Ideal Power ConvertersTX/USPower Electronics3-Port PV & Battery Converter

(Transformative Reduction in Operational Energy Consumption)

OrganizationState/CountryApplicationProject Title
Atmospheric Water SystemsCA/USResource Management - Water & Waste SystemsRenewable/Sustainable Drinking Water Systems
7AC Technologies, IncMA/USHVACLiquid Desiccant Air Conditioning (LDAC) system
MKThinkCA/USBuilding & FOB Efficiency4Dadaptive - Built asset monitoring and management
United Technologies Research Center (UTRC)CT/USHVACLiquid Desiccant Membrane Based Independent Dehumidification
OxiCool, Inc.PA/USHVACAdvanced, water based, no emissions air conditioner
VyLiteCA/USBuilding & FOB EfficiencyPortable, high efficiency, high brightness floodlight and spotlight
Architectural ApplicationsOR/USHVACBuilding-Integrated Heat & Moisture Exchange (BIHME) – Lower Air Conditioning Energy Use in Humid Environments

Defense Energy Challenge - Invited Presenters

OrganizationState/CountryApplicationProject Title
Nextek Power SystemsMI/USSmart/Micro GridDirect Current, Directly Coupled Microgrids
Proton OnSiteCT/USGrid-Scale Energy StorageHydrogen Energy Storage for Renewable Power
Mercurius BiofuelsWA/USBiofuel TechnologiesREACH Technology (Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating)
Greenpath Technologies IncHI/USPortable Energy SystemsSTAESS: Soldier Transportable Alternative Energy Storage System
Solar Fuel CorporationNC/USBiofuel TechnologiesThermochemical conversion of solar energy, water and CO2 to create drop-in fuel (hydrogen or syngas)
Global ThermostatNY/USResource Management - Water & Waste SystemsCO2 Capture, Clean Fuel Production Technology
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