SECNAV Announces DoD, DOE Partnership in Energy Innovation

Story Number: NNS110302-20Release Date: 3/2/2011 5:25:00 PM
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By Chinara Lucas, Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

National Harbor, Md. (NNS) -- The secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) announced a partnership between the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-e), March 2, that is intended to improve national security by innovating the way the military uses energy.

The gathering of key players in the nation's energy innovation community listened as SECNAV Ray Mabus explained two ways the joint venture between DoD and ARPA-e will improve the energy security of the United States military.

The first is the development of hybrid energy storage modules. This technology can be applied to store the energy Marines need to power equipment currently being run on solar power. The benefit of switching from solar power is the ability to store energy for later use when the equipment is not in use.

Hybrid energy storage modules may also be the answer to the huge amounts of energy required by electrical weapons which must discharge quickly to function.

"Hybrid energy storage modules will provide efficient and stable power for our weapons systems," Mabus said.

The second, joint initiative is a Grid Storage Study. It will assist in answering the question of how to make alternative energy such as solar and wind less reliant on weather conditions and therefore more consistent.

The Grid Storage Study will provide information on how to "improve energy reliability, prevent disruption of service and improve energy security on the more than 500 DoD installations worldwide through large-scale storage of energy," Mabus said.

Mabus urged that this partnership will create technology that will protect the people who protect our nation - our service men and women.

"We have to find another way to do things; we have to make our people safer," Mabus said.

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Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus delivers remarks as the guest speaker for the Climate and Energy Symposium at Johns Hopkins University.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of Secretary of the Navy the Honorable Ray Mabus.
March 23, 2010
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