Army power, energy research moves forward

By RDECOM Public AffairsJanuary 2, 2014

Army Technology Magazine
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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Jan. 2, 2014) -- Army researchers and scientists are advancing power and energy for the future.

"One of the best ways we can help protect our Soldiers is to ensure they have the power and energy they need to complete their operational missions," said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. "Without power and energy they stand still, unable to move their vehicles and they are silent, unable to use their radios to communicate."

Hammack gave the featured interview in the January issue of Army Technology Magazine, a publication of science and technology news from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (see PDF in related files).

RDECOM has six research and engineering centers and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory working on technology solutions for Soldiers.

The current issue of the magazine features an overview of the future of Army power and energy, a look at Energy Informed Operations and articles on fulfilling the power needs of tomorrow's Soldiers.

"Our Soldiers rely on power and energy for operating, vehicles, communicating, firing weapons, and more," said RDECOM Director Dale A. Ormond. "Looking to the future, it appears our reliance on power and energy will only grow."

At the command's tank and automotive center, researchers are collaborating with the Department of Energy to achieve new fuel efficiencies.

But energy efficiencies will not only be in vehicles.

Tomorrow's Army may use innovative garbage-to-energy convertors to reduce the Army's carbon footprint at forward operating bases. The Tactical Garbage to Energy Refinery, known as TGER, is a deployable bio refinery prototype system designed to convert field waste into immediate usable energy.

"TGER is an energy machine that happens to get rid of waste," said Dr. James Valdes, a senior technologist for biotechnology at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. "It is not a trash disposal that happens to make a little energy. There's a big distinction and it depends on your mission."

The magazine is available as an electronic download, or print publication. Army Technology Magazine is an authorized, unofficial publication published under AR 360-1, for all members of the Department of Defense and the general public.


RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC delivers it.

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