by Edric Thompson, Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center Public Affairs
CERDEC Army Power is at the Renewable Energy Rodeo at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Hosted by our sister center, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, the two-day rodeo’s purpose is to demonstrate and assess the latest technological breakthroughs, while looking to meet Army energy goals and objectives.
Not only is the Army seeking to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels by increasing its use of renewable and alternative energy, it’s striving to be an energy innovator and leader. In addition to the Army’s internal R&D efforts, this will be done by forging partnerships with energy leaders in academia, government and business.
The Renewable Energy Initiative encompasses all Army efforts to adopt and adapt technologies and capabilities that will help promote and facilitate renewable energy. The Army is pursuing renewable energy for solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, cogeneration, waste-to-energy, hydrogen energy storage, and vehicle-to-grid power.
CERDEC Army Power, which formally established its renewable energy program in November 2008, has been providing research and development support in these areas for several years. One example is our work in harvesting wind energy.