R. Brown, T. Sharp, M. Lindsey, S. Kiser, K. Andrews
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US
energy efficiency, military, testing, evaluation, technology transfer, heating, cooling, lighting, electronics
The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) has begun a research program for Transformative Reductions in Operational Energy Consumption (TROPEC), which will identify, refine and validate technologies for reducing energy use in expeditionary military outposts. The primary focus is on energy efficiency in outpost operations, which include many energy end-uses traditionally found in buildings, such as heating, cooling, water heating, lighting, and electronics. The TROPEC program has developed a multi-stage process—called the Innovations Network, or iNet—to identify and screen candidate technologies for operational testing. This process starts from the requirements and needs of PACOM. Technologies that offer military utility and are technically sound will undergo testing and further development at Oak Ridge National Laboratory or Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Those technologies that look most promising will then be tested and demonstrated in the Pacific Operational Warfighting Energy Research and Demonstration (POWERD), a deployable testing system, in order to validate that candidate technologies can meet the military’s needs in actual operations. The POWERD test bed will be operated by the Marine Forces Pacific Experimentation Center. This presentation summarizes the TROPEC process and identifies energy-efficiency technology areas that are being sought from private industry.