Proceedings of the ERDC-CERL Net Zero Energy (NZE) Installation and Deployed Bases Workshop Held in Colorado Springs, CO. on 3-4 Feb 2009
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER CHAMPAIGN IL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB
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The United States faces profound security and economic challenges directly related to the growing constraints on established global energy resources. U.S. Army energy demand is projected to outgrow affordable supplies even after accounting for the impact of anticipated energy efficiency and management innovations. In order to prevent unacceptable energy scarcities and unaffordable costs, the Army needs a paradigm changing approach that combines the concept of net zero energy NZE usage with a comprehensive and integrated architecture encompassing energy generation, delivery, storage, and demand management. The purpose of that change would be to facilitate development of a suite of ultra-low energy solutions that would approach NZE usage by enabling real-time optimization of power supply, demand, and storage management for Army facilities, emplacements, or fixed installations of any size. In support of these objectives, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center - Construction Engineering Research Laboratory ERDC-CERL convened a workshop to provide a forum for leading research scientists and engineers to help the Army define the technology requirements for implementing this vision. This report summarizes the proceedings of the workshop and defines a way forward for an applied research program capable of producing ultra-low-energy solutions for the widest variety of military facilities and emplacements.
- Non-electrical Energy Conversion