Navy Explores Waste to Energy Opportunities

Story Number: NNS110804-09Release Date: 8/4/2011 10:59:00 AM
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By Kathryn Zagrobelny, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The first Navy Waste to Energy (WTE) Forum met at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., July 29.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment Jackalyne Pfannenstiel sponsored the forum with help from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). It was the initial step in the development of projects that will use solid waste to generate renewable energy for Department of the Navy (DoN) installations.

The forum's purpose was to facilitate an exchange of information to aid future proposals for WTE energy plants on and off DoN sites. Additionally, DoN renewable goals and WTE opportunities were discussed and industry recommendations were made on how to approach the delivery of renewable energy from waste.

"I hope discussions today tell us where waste to energy makes sense as we explore the fit between your technologies and our installations," Pfannenstiel told the audience in her keynote address.

More than 160 government and industry representatives attended the event and 33 companies participated in the "pitch a principle" sessions with NAVFAC staff put together by forum organizer Jim Heller, Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NAVFAC ESC) utilities and energy management division director.

"There was very good attendance from a broad cross section of industry," said Kevin Whitt, NAVFAC Atlantic utilities and energy management product line manager. "'Pitch a principle' provided an opportunity for industry to present their technologies, many of which are proven and provide attractive opportunities to the Department of the Navy."

Speakers included moderator Mary Lingua, NAVFAC ESC public works business line manager; Dr. Eugene Tseng, University of California Los Angeles; Tom Barstow, NAVFAC Atlantic public works business line manager; Leslie McLaughlin, NAVFAC Southwest sustainable solid waste program manager; Bob Griffin, NAVFAC assistant commander for acquisition; Veneece McNeley, NAVFAC small business director; and Capt. Jake Washington, NAVFAC assistant commander for public works.

"Today's forum demonstrates our commitment to engage with industry, and to embrace technology as we seek to address the energy and sustainability imperatives we see before us - and to do so in an affordable and responsible way," Washington remarked. "The presentations and the dialogue were very informative and the pitch a principle sessions provided valuable insights that will help Navy identify the right conversion technologies and project opportunities to help meet the Secretary of the Navy's energy goals."

This initiative is one of many throughout the Navy and Marine Corps which will enable the Department of the Navy to achieve Secretary Ray Mabus' energy goals to improve our energy security and efficiency afloat and ashore, increase our energy independence, and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy.

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