Naval Surface Warfare Center Cutting Energy Consumption Overseas

By: Betsy Goldin Email
By: Betsy Goldin Email

At the Naval Surface Warfare Center energy test site engineers work to see what changes can be made to existing military equipment to help save energy.

The project began with one major goal in mind, to save lives.

"We were having a great deal of problems delivering fuel to our operational forces, many of the people that were killed were supplying fuel in convoys," said Steve Gorin, E30 Senior Systems Engineer.

By reducing fuel needed at bases overseas, the number of convoys sent to deliver fuel will decline, ultimately reducing fatalities.

Close to 70 percent of all the energy is used to heat and cool the tents. So here, they use tents that are used by marines. They test different configurations to find ways to reduce the energy needs.

"We actually now have a tent model that we can basically simulate anywhere in the world and how much it will save in those locations also," said Gorin.

Officials said that for every one percent of fuel that can be saved, close to 6,500 soldiers do not have to be involved in a convoy operation.


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