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while improving capabilities and
quality of life.
The Super Energy Efficient Contain-
erized Living Unit (CLU) Design and
Development program will receive $1
million to redesign existing CLUs and
to develop a new, highly efficient unit.
The team will focus initially on Camp
Lemonnier, Djibouti, seeking to reduce
energy use in renovated CLUs by
54 percent and by 82 percent for the
The Transformative Reductions in Opera-
tional Energy Consumption program will
receive $3.9 million to identify and assess
new and existing technologies that would
reduce the energy demand of expedition-
ary outposts in tropical environments. Its
goal will be to reduce the total energy use
of forward operating bases in these envi-
ronments by 50 percent in 2016.
The Operation Enduring Freedom Energy
Initiative Proving Ground program
will receive $1.4 million to establish a
baseline for energy and fuel use in expe-
ditionary operations in Afghanistan, by
systematically evaluating the quanti-
tative operational benefits of a broad
spectrum of energy-related technologies,
such as more efficient heating and air-
conditioning units, insulating tent
liners, solar tent shades, and hybrid solar-
electrical power. The program will help
determine which technologies provide
the highest operational impact and the
best return on investment for deployment.
"So all of these programs are looking at
how to lighten the fuel sustainment,
lighten the footprint, for our deployed
forces," Burke said.
"The reason that we chose this is there
have been a number of really impor-
tant studies, including one done by
the Marine Corps and one done by the
[Army] Corps of Engineers for me," she
explained. These studies "identified that
we're wasting a huge amount of fuel on
the battlefield, and that a lot of it goes
to generators and to heating, ventilation,
and air-conditioning systems."
Burke noted one study finding that 75
percent of generator power goes to air-
conditioning and heating. Another study
demonstrated that "anywhere from 20
percent to upwards of 50 percent of the
fuel used at any given location in places
like Afghanistan may be going to genera-
tors and heating and cooling," she said.
She also cited a 2011 Marine Corps study
stating that heating and air-conditioning
accounted for 13 percent of the Corps'
total fuel demand in Afghanistan and 46
percent of its electrical demands.
"So a lot of it's wasting, and it's a huge
target area," Burke said. "But it's not an
area that the department has focused a
lot of research, development, testing, and
evaluation in. That was why we wanted
to target these specific areas."
Burke noted that funding these pro-
grams is just one part of DoD's efforts to
improve energy use for a more effective
and capable force.
"This is a research, development, test,
and evaluation effort," she said. "But
we're also seeing this in the requirements
process, the acquisition process, in con-
tracting, [and] in rapid fielding to forces
in the fight.
"We're doing all this because we
really think this will help us meet the
defense mission," she continued, "par-
ticularly the changing defense mission as
we go forward."
For more information on the Assistant
Secretary of Defense for Operational
Energy Plans and Programs, go to http://
energy.defense.gov. For more on the
Operational Energy Capabilities Improve-
ment Fund Program, including lead
agencies for the initiatives outlined above,
go to http://energy.defense.gov/Opera-
---SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.,
American Forces Press Service
Technological advances to help reduce fuel consumption will also lead to fewer convoys on the
battlefield and reduced risk. Here, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles line up at Forward
Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, before convoying to Bagram Airfield to provide supplies to
various units on Dec. 2, 2011. (Photo by PFC Zackary Root.)
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