SAN ANTONIO -- The National Defense Center for Energy and Environment announced six technology projects selected to receive grants for demonstration and validation beginning in 2021.
The following projects were selected to begin in fiscal year 2021:
- Greywater Reuse Pretreatment Module for the Lightweight Water Purifier
- Direct Current Power Distribution to improve efficiency of distributing Small Unit Power
- Honey Badger 50 Fuel Cell System - 50 W Reformed Methanol Wearable Fuel Cell Power System
- Immediate Response Force Soldier Offload to reduce paratroopers injuries
- Autonomous Robotic Remote Refueling Point System Objective Field Prototype
- Improved Riveting Hammer to maximize worker performance and health
NDCEE provides a direct funding process for DoD agencies seeking to demonstrate, validate and transition commercially available off-the-shelf as well as hot off-the-lab bench innovations for military application.
Funded projects typically range from 1-2 years with an average annual cost of $100,000 to $400,000. A Support Agreement is signed by the DoD Agency willing to demonstrate the technology, and a DoD Transition Partner is required to ensure the successful project is implemented DoD-wide.
Proven technologies that are beyond the research stage are considered strong project candidates. Projects must meet the basic eligibility requirements and clearly address four scoring criteria: mission/readiness, technical quality, transition potential, and modernization/innovation.
Innovative technologies are demonstrated and validated at active DoD installations for military application. Proven technologies are transitioned to the services, other federal agencies and to the public.
Implementing technologies to enable the Army to fight and win our nation’s wars are in accord with the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment (ASA IE&E), the Honorable Alex Beehler, directive that “the Army needs to build a ‘technology-enabled’ force by 2028.”
The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health) is designated by the ASA IE&E as the NDCEE DoD lead agent. The U.S. Army Environmental Command provides NDCEE program management. Transitioned projects will ensure the NDCEE program remains an enabler in accomplishing the DoD mission with an emphasis on “achieving dominant capabilities through innovation and technical excellence.”
The NDCEE serves as a national resource for advancing technologies and processes that address high-priority environmental, safety, occupational health, and energy (ESOHE) challenges. Created by Congressional mandate in 1991, the NDCEE works to integrate ESOHE innovative technologies decisions into the life-cycle planning of DoD activities.
The National Defense Center for Energy and Environment (NDCEE) is a Department of Defense program whose mission is to demonstrate and transition technology solutions in support of the DoD as it strives to enhance readiness, meet sustainability goals, and support warfighters at home and abroad.
The FY22 call for NDCEE project proposals is from March 1 through April 1, 2021. For additional information on the NDCEE projects or how to submit a nomination package, please visit the NDCEE web page.