Local

June 1, 2012

Nellis promotes energy efficiency through experimentation

By Senior Airman Jack Sanders
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Dark Start, a new energy-efficient technology, is coming to Nellis.

The program utilizes experimental technologies which could reduce energy consumption and costs for the base.

“It’s a demonstration program that’s funded by a congressional insert and managed by the [U.S. Army] Corps of Engineers,” said Jeff Blazi, Nellis Energy Manager. “The Corps works with the local utility – in this case, it’s Southwest Gas Company – to develop the technologies.”

The project utilizes a new type of heating, ventilation and air conditioning system that runs on natural gas instead of a conventional electric power source. The new system will have the capability to provide HVAC needs, as well as water heating and power production.

The project is a partnership with local utility companies to develop and test the experimental technology. At no cost to Nellis, new devices will be installed, maintained and monitored on the base. Dark Start will be the third phase of units developed in this project.

“The first unit that was installed in 2008 was an experimental unit that wasn’t commercially available,” said Blazi. “After successful testing, that unit is now a commercial unit, so you can actually go out and buy it on the street. Through the testing, we’ve enabled Southwest Gas to develop this technology.”

The Dark Start unit, like its predecessors, will run on natural gas, but will have two new functions.

“The unit that we’re looking at installing is not just a natural gas AC unit,” Blazi said. “The Dark Start also has the capability to heat water going into the building and can generate up to two kilowatts of power. So, not only does it create cooling for the building, but it heats the water and generates electricity. And, all of these features will still run if the power goes out.”

Nellis is working in a partnership with Southwest Gas on the project that, if proven successful, may be used on a large scale to include commercial and overseas use.

The unit currently running on Nellis saves the base approximately $1,000 a year.

Since 2003, Nellis has been mandated to reduce energy consumption by 3 percent. The target is to cut base energy use by a third by fiscal year 2015.

“The goal is to save energy,” Blazi said. “Nellis is serious about energy efficiency.”




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


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jason Couillard

Top AF leaders speak at Nellis AFB

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jason Couillard Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody speaks to Airmen April 7 during a town-hall style meeting at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Cody, along with Air Force Chief of...
 
 

Your BAH at work

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Nellis Family Housing provides military families a quality home environment and amenities including a pool, playgrounds, community center, and fitness center for the enjoyment of the residents. The basic allowance for housing you transfer monthly covers rent, security patrols, fire protection, community amenities, as well as a monthly utility allocation....
 
 

Gifts between employees

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — As the summer permanent change of station season approaches, it is important all Department of Defense employees understand the ethics rules on gifts between employees. Oftentimes, a gift will be given to show appreciation to a departing individual. Although these gifts are common practice, there are applicable regulations that control their...
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo

Air Force Wounded Warrior Trials begin

U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo Master Sgt. Christopher Aguilera, an Air Force Wounded Warrior participant lights the cauldron signifying the beginning of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Trails April 7 at Nellis Air Force B...
 
 

Nellis AFB goes green for Earth Day

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 2014 Air Force Earth Day theme is “Conserve Today — Secure Tomorrow.” The theme focuses on mission sustainability. Mission accomplishment is achieved without compromise and operates into the future without decline of the natural and man-made systems. The first Earth Day occurred on April 22, 1970, introduced by U.S. Senator...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Tam

99th SFS wins 2013 AF Large Security Forces Unit Award

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Tam Staff Sgt. Jordan Young, right, 99th Security Forces Squadron training instructor administers pepper spray to Staff Sgt. Anthony Dykhuis, 99th SFS unit training manager, Apr...
 




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