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Posts Tagged ‘energy security’

Air Force Unlocks Potential of Landfills to Produce Renewable Energy

  • January 22, 2014
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Following the success of landfill gas projects at two installations, the Air Force plans to examine the 600-plus landfills at other bases to assess their potential for converting methane gas into a source of renewable energy. “The benefits of landfill gas are that we have a ready fuel supply and it burns very cleanly,” said Ken Gray, head of the facility renewable energy program at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s (AFCEC) Tyndall detachment. “It’s a continuous source of power and can provide real energy surety to a base because it runs continuously …

Services Overcoming Hurdles to Expand Partnering with Industry on Energy Development

  • January 20, 2014
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The military’s efforts to rely on the private sector to finance the development of renewable energy are advancing and should allow DOD to meet its objectives for enhancing energy security at its installations, according to a report released last week. Expectations surrounding the service’s clean energy initiatives, however, should be set to reflect the complexity of renewable energy projects, concluded Power Surge, a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts. “It will take time to forge public-private partnerships and conclude the complex contracts associated with advanced energy projects …

DOD on Course to Meet Renewable Energy Targets, Researchers Find

  • January 16, 2014
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The military’s reliance on clean energy technologies is accelerating across its installations, keeping it on track to meet its goal of deploying 3 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2025, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The number of renewable energy projects across DOD rose 54 percent from 454 in fiscal 2010 to 700 in FY 2012, according to the study, Power Surge. According to Navigant Research, Pew’s research partner, 384 megawatts of installed renewable energy capacity existed at DOD installations in mid-2013 …

Army Selects Firm to Develop Solar Plant at Ft. Detrick

  • November 24, 2013
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The Army on Friday selected Framingham, Mass.-based Ameresco to build an 18.6-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility at Fort Detrick, a move intended to help the service meet its goal of deploying one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. The post will purchase all power generated by the solar plant at a cost equal to or less than current electricity costs, according to the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF). The solar PV system will be designed as “microgrid ready,” allowing it to be connected to a future microgrid …

SPIDERS Pilot Tests Viability of Microgrids to Support Entire Installation

  • November 14, 2013
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A power grid testing effort at Fort Carson aims to demonstrate that alternative energy sources can be pieced together to provide backup power for critical infrastructure at a military installation during a widespread power failure. The pilot program, called the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security, or SPIDERS, relies on a combination of locally generated power sources connected via a microgrid to provide backup power to critical parts of the base …

Army to Test Trash-to-Gas Technology at California Base

  • August 21, 2013
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The Defense Department has agreed to become the first customer for a new waste-to-energy technology that it hopes can be used to improve energy security at installations as well as eliminate the need for fuel convoys to serve forward operating bases. The FastOx Pathfinder, developed by Davis, Calif.-based Sierra Energy, relies on a waste gasifier that is essentially a modified blast furnace, reports the New York Times. A chemical reaction heats waste to extreme temperatures, generating synthetic gas which can be burned to generate electricity, or converted into ethanol or diesel fuel …

State Provides Funds for Microgrid Project at Camp Pendleton

  • July 14, 2013
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The California Energy Commission last week approved a $1.7 million grant to support a demonstration project of microgrid technology at Camp Pendleton. The effort will demonstrate a set of intelligent microgrids that use community-scale renewable resources within an existing utility grid at the Southern California Marine Corps base. The project will integrate on-site flat-plate and concentrating photovoltaic technology with energy efficiency, energy storage and other technologies to provide reliable power and support critical base functions …

Senate Panel Supports DOD Initiatives to Conserve Energy, Test Microgrids

  • July 2, 2013
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The Senate Appropriations Committee said it “commends the [Defense] Department for its aggressive efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and installations, reduce consumption, mitigate its carbon footprint, invest in renewable energy projects and enhance energy security on its installations,” according to the committee report accompanying its fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The panel said it was impressed with DOD’s investments in microgrid energy security and encourages the department to continue to look for ways to promote energy independence at installations through the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) program …

Bill Would Establish $177M Fund for Capital Projects at Massachusetts Military Bases

  • June 27, 2013
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A $177 million bond bill backed by Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to fund capital projects at six military installations in Massachusetts is advancing in the state legislature. The measure was approved by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on Thursday and next will go to the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets or Ways and Means …

Industry Focuses on Solar Project at Ft. Irwin

  • June 19, 2013
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Interest is sky-high in the Army’s effort to procure renewable energy from large-scale projects, as demonstrated by the 170-plus industry representatives who braved 107-degree heat earlier this month to learn about a request for proposals to develop a solar photovoltaic plant at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. “This is the most interest we’ve seen from the development community for a pre-proposal event …

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