02/24/2012 (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy will showcase its energy initiatives during the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, Feb. 27-29, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
Representatives from the U.S. Navy will provide information on the Navy's energy efficiency and alternative energy initiatives at booth #801. In addition, Marine Col. Bob ("Brutus") Charette, U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office, will provide remarks during the Summit.
Energy initiatives that increase combat capability and energy security are critical components of the Navy's energy strategy, which emphasizes judicious use of resources to reduce the Navy's dependence on petroleum.
"Our dependence on foreign oil and inefficient use of energy burdens our military and chips away at our combat effectiveness. We need to reduce inefficiencies and dependence on one fuel, thereby reducing our vulnerability overseas and at home," said CDR Jim Goudreau, Director of the Navy Energy Coordination Office.
ARPA-E, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, is a Department of Energy (DOE) agency that focuses on research and developing transformational technologies that will provide national energy and economic security. The summit aims to develop tangible energy solutions by bringing together key players from across the energy field, including researchers, government agencies, and industry.
Keynote speakers at this year's event include former President Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, and Dr. Arun Majumdar, Director of ARPA-E.
ARPA-E has been working on innovative energy solutions with serious implications to the Navy's mission capabilities, including energy storage in stationary and mobile batteries and the Hybrid Energy Storage Module for shipboard use.
To learn more about the summit visit http://www.energyinnovationsummit.com/. Follow daily updates on Twitter (#NavalEnergy and #eis12) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/navalenergy). To learn more about the Navy's energy programs visit www.greenfleet.dodlive.mil.
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