Basing Power (Contingency)

Wednesday August 29, 2012

What is it?

Basing Power includes installations and contingency base camps. Contingency basing power is focused on: reducing fuel, water, power and energy consumption; and more efficient military construction and design on our forward operating bases.

What is the Army doing?

The Army is improving efficiencies in generators, equipment, shelters, and power management through reducing consumption, increasing efficiencies, repurposing, recycling, energy recovery and disposal. The Army is looking to significantly reduce base camp energy logistic requirements by as much as 30 to 60 percent, reduce manpower requirements for operations and maintenance, and reduce operational disruptions through solutions such as fuel management, smart micro grids, renewable energy sources, more efficient generators, onsite water production, and insulated shelters.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Science and Technology community and testing facilities will continue to focus on: advancements in high fuel efficiency fuel cells and silent power generation; highly efficient fuel cells and alternative fuels and fuel reforming technologies; co-generation technologies to increase overall system efficiencies for power generation systems; and the introduction of intelligent power management systems to allow highly efficient management of brigade power grids.

The Base Camp Integration Lab, Fort Devens, Mass., will continue researching equipment and technology through two 150 person base camps, to include Advanced Medium Mobile Power Sources, micro-grids, solar shades and insulation, efficient cooling and heating, and advanced lighting. They are focused on reducing energy by 35 percent and water reduction by 75 percent. In the long-term (5 years) they will add solar hot water, waste-to-energy, grey/black water recycling with a focus of reducing energy by 50 percent and water by 90 percent.

The Contingency Basing Integration Technology and Evaluation Center, Fort Leonard Wood, MO, will continue to provide training for engineers, MP's, chemical students, and camp administration. They are focused on larger scale construction, technology, base defense, camp management, systematic improvements and doctrinal alignment.

Why is this important to the Army?

Providing fuel and water to Soldiers in contingency locations comprises 70-80 percent of the resupply weight of logistical convoys, and at great cost, particularly in lives lost.

Improving efficiency and reliability at base camps represents a great opportunity to increase operational effectiveness by improving mission continuity and reducing the need to divert manpower to deliver fuel, and to operate, maintain and respond to outages in energy systems.

Resources:

Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment)
Army.mil: Energy news
Energy Initiatives Task Force
Net Zero
STAND-TO!: Net Zero Strategy
STAND-TO!: Basing Power (Installations)

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