DoD

May 16, 2014

Marines: Corps tests new energy-harvesting gear

Lance Cpl. Kathy Nunez
Headquarters Marine Corps

A Marine prepares to test out the lightning pack during the Experimental Forward Operating Base ‘14 at Camp Pendleton, California, Tuesday. The pack converts normal walking movement into electrical power using a generator. ExFOB ‘14 is taking place this week and offers Marines the opportunity to evaluate technologies that could possibly be used in the Marine Corps’ future.

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — The Marine Corps recently launched the Experimental Forward Operating Base ‘14, ExFOB, a weeklong demonstration of the Corps’ potential new and upcoming equipment, here Monday through today.

The ExFOB is part of Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos’ Expeditionary Energy Strategy that was released in 2011.

“In that strategy, he set a pretty aggressive goal,” said Katie Hanston, program analyst with the Expeditionary Energy Office. “By 2025, Marines will be able to maneuver from the sea, conduct distributive operations, and the only fuel they would need is for vehicles.”

To achieve that goal, the Marine Corps is looking for ways to equip Marines with technology to reduce energy usage. Examples of waste energy include the exhaust or heat from a generator or a vehicle engine, kinetic energy from an individual, and solar power.

“We’re trying to broaden the capabilities of the individual Marine,” said Maj. Anthony McNair, requirement and technology analyst from Headquarters Marine Corps Expeditionary Office. “The individual’s combat load has almost doubled over the last 13 years. They carry more batteries, more water, and more armor.”

With the new tactical energy harvesting technologies, there would be less battery weight, allowing Marines to extend their operational reach.

“One example is a knee brace that generates power just from the movement of a Marine walking around on patrol,” Hanston said. “That knee brace sends a trickle charge to his radio, and all of a sudden he doesn’t have to carry around four batteries for that radio.”

Throughout the week, Marines are testing and evaluating equipment as a part of the Marine Corps’ research about reducing battlefield energy and water requirements. A team of engineers analyzes the data gathered through wiring systems hooked up to participants.

“All that data will be wrapped into a report and presented to the Executive Integrative Process team who will look at the results and figure out which technologies we should pursue,” Hanston said.

Along with the data collection, Marines are given the opportunity to give their honest opinions through a survey.

“Their input is invaluable,” McNair said. “They’re the ones who will end up using these systems. If they provide us feedback now, then they can impact the acquisition process.”

The equipment evaluations and the Marines’ surveys are only the beginning of the process to find what best fits the Marine Corps and its needs.

“This is our first taste,” Hanston said. “Nothing that’s here is going to be something that the Marine Corps will buy today. The idea is to see the possibility. ExFOB brings technologies from early concepts to fielding.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Maci Hidalgo

Army makes significant strides in energy programs

Maci Hidalgo Steven Lyman, a worker with Triad, a company working on the utility-owned solar array at Fort Huachuca, welds a part onto a support shaft for a solar panel at the 68-acre solar array park adjacent to the Thunder Mo...
 
 

Fort Huachuca showcases energy audit program

October is Energy Awareness Month and it is an appropriate time to describe the programs and services available to those responsible for managing Fort Huachuca’s various facilities. As part of the Army’s Net Zero Program, Fort Huachuca personnel are working to both reduce its energy consumption and to produce more of what people do use...
 
 

Ebola Virus Disease outbreak — know the facts

Ebola Virus Disease, previously known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, was originally discovered in 1976 in what is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and since its first discovery has appeared sporadically through Africa. It is still unknown how the first human became infected; but, it is suspected the first person was infected...
 

 
Dr. Randal Schoepp

Dempsey says combating Ebola a national security priority

Dr. Randal Schoepp Soldiers working at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland-based 1st Area Medical Laboratory, prepare to leave to set up laboratories to support Operation United Assistance, the U.S. response to the Ebola outb...
 
 

Nominations sought — Lt. Gen. Sidney T. Weinstein Award for excellence In Military Intelligence

Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Weinstein Award through March 4, 2015. To be eligible, a candidate must be a Military Intelligence officer of the rank of captain in the Active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. He or she must have performed actions which positively promote, impact, advance and bring honor to...
 
 
Maci Hidalgo

Six retirees honored Oct. 17 during ceremony on Brown Parade Field

Maci Hidalgo Members of the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion deliver flowers to spouses and Family members during the Fort Huachuca installation retirement ceremony on Brown Parade Field Oct. 17. Flowers were given in recogn...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin