Advanced Energy Solutions for Defense
The Center for the Next Generation's sister organization Advanced Energy Economy today announced a partnership with American Council on on Renewable Energy (ACORE) to understand the needs of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) with respect to advanced energy technologies that reduce costs and save lives. Areas already identified by DOD include identifying operational, base and expeditionary challenges and potential renewable energy solutions; improving the collaboration between the U.S. military and private sector; removing barriers to deployment; and strategies for effective procurement and financing. Business members of AEE are uniquely positioned to help the DOD meet these challenges.
To accomplish this goal, both organizations are putting on a multi-part forum series to bring industry and the DOD together with the ultimate goal of identifying problem areas and proposing solutions to help advanced energy companies and the DOD partner more closely and effectively. The first forum session is taking place today in Crystal City, VA.
Lockheed Martin has developed portable microgrid systems to efficiently manage power systems at temporary and permanent bases and integrate more renewable energy.
Ocean Power Technologies, along with the U.S. Navy, developed wave-power technology that can provide power to the grid; remote, ocean-based sensing equipment; and other “power at sea” applications.
SunPower has developed the first large-scale solar photovoltaic installation for a military base that will be financed through a 20-year power-purchase agreement.
This primer for advanced energy companies outlines the Department of Defense's strategic shift towards renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and provides a brief introduction to the process of becoming engaged in military procurements related to energy.
This infographic illustrates the military's growing reliance on energy for warfighting, the heavy human and monetary costs of the current energy system, and advanced energy solutions.