Army, DoE to announce new alliance


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The U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Army are set to announce a new partnership at the Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Workshop July 18 in Detroit.

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan and U.S. Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu along with Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph Westphal are expected to attend.

The event will bring together energy leaders from industry, academia, government focused on national security and energy efficiency.

Officials from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s tank and automotive center said the workshop is a “win-win-win scenario” for Nation, Soldiers, automotive industry.

To enhance national energy security and demonstrate Federal Government leadership in transitioning America to a low-carbon economy, the Department of Energy and the Army will announce a new charter.

The announcement comes as part of the first-ever Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Workshop. The workshop – at NextEnergy headquarters in Detroit – is bringing energy leaders from government, industry and academia together to address ground mobility challenges.

According to organizers, this new alliance provides a win-win-win scenario: it goes toward achieving the Nation’s energy security goals, benefiting Soldiers and potentially bolstering the defense and auto industries.

Media are invited to attend this invitation-only event Monday (July 18) at NextEnergy (461 Burroughs, Detroit, Michigan 48202). Details of the charter will be made public for the first time by Secretary Chu and Under Secretary Westphal.

The event starts with opening remarks and perspectives from senior leaders. Breakout sessions begin mid-morning and will address six critical areas: advanced combustion engines and transmissions; lightweight structures and materials; energy recovery and thermal management; alternative fuels and lubricants; hybrid propulsion systems including batteries; and analytical tools.

The workshop is hosted by the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center  and the DoE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. TARDEC is a subordinate activity to the Research, Development and Engineering Command, which falls under the Army Materiel Command. TARDEC is also an enterprise partner in the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.