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EERC Director Tom Erickson presented “EERC Innovations Applicable to Sustainable Military Mobile Power” during the Military Mobile Power Summit in Alexandria, Virginia.

Addressing the Summit’s focus on enhancing military capability through operational energy, Erickson’s presentation provided an overview for applying solutions that have been developed in other industrial areas to meet the needs of the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Homeland Security.

“As part of the EERC’s diversified research portfolio, we have several strategic areas we will be focusing on in the near future, which include sensors for unmanned aerial systems, big data analysis for the energy industry, and fuel and water resources for DoD,” said Erickson. “This Summit was a great opportunity for us to network with key Defense personnel, which will lead to future contracts.”

The EERC is also working on waste-to-energy technologies for military base camps.

Chris Zygarlicke, Deputy Associate Director for Research and Manager of the EERC’s Renewable Energy Programs, says several other distributed-scale biopower systems are under development at the EERC, specifically for remote locations without electrical grid connections.

“The EERC is currently developing methods to convert paper and food wastes from forward operating bases to electricity and heat using efficient and environmentally friendly distributed power generators,” Zygarlicke said. “These systems are not only of interest to the U.S. military but also to manufacturing industries utilizing challenging feedstocks for remote power generation.”