Date published: November 1, 2011
In August, the Army's Rapid Equipping Force (REF) began equipping units for an initial assessment of equipment that will reduce the Army's reliance on JP8 fuel. The assessment is part of a partnership initiative between REF and the Defense Technical Information Center's Weapon Systems Technology Information Analysis Center to procure, deploy, and assess alternative and renewable energy systems for deployed units, particularly those in remote locations.
The initiative is called "Energy to the Edge," and it is part of the Army's Net Zero effort to respond to growing energy demands.
REF, with input from the Marine Corps' Expeditionary Energy Office, Project Manager Mobile Electric Power, Product Manager Ground Soldier, and the Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center, selected solutions based on availability, deployment performance, and Department of Defense safety test results. The selected solutions are now being tested for viability in theater.