NORFOLK (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) hosted an Energy Fair Oct. 30, to provide information and resources to Sailors and civilians working on and around Naval Station Norfolk.
Since 1991, October has been recognized as Energy Awareness Month, a time to learn about energy conservation and responsible usage. Businesses and organizations represented at the fair, held outside the base gym, were Naval Sea Systems Command, AGL Resources and Virginia Natural Gas, Sam DeSanto Co., Inc. CRD Associates, CDI Corporation, EnergyMAX, Alaris Companies, and ConEdison Solutions.
"We do a lot of training on ships, but it is difficult to get a large group of vendors like this on a ship on a regular basis," said SURFLANT event host Vince Marshall. "So, we try to host events like this ashore, because it helps bring vendors and our Navy community together to see what products are out there for naval applications."
These vendors and Navy representatives hope to bring energy efficient technologies - like electric cars, energy saving lights and other products - to the naval community to be used to conserve energy, further advance the technology and apply these savings to their personal lives as well.
"It's an off-the-line assembly from General Motors," said Kevin Pepper, a project manager from Virginia Natural Gas, in describing the electric car. "When you take a regular gas vehicle and use a compressed natural gas as an alternative fuel, the car, which generally had a fuel rating of 400 to 500 miles on regular gas, can get up you to 800 miles when you add the compressed natural gas."
Pepper said the use of the additive creates a much cleaner energy source and makes the car significantly more efficient. This is an application which may one day influence the way the Navy powers its ships, cutting costs and increasing the ship's range before needing to refuel.
In addition to showcasing and adopting these more energy efficient technologies, Energy Awareness Month is about encouraging consumers to make responsible choices. The hope is that Sailors who attended the energy fair were able to see how a small change can have a large impact, and that they will take these ideas and apply them, not only at work, but at home.
"This fair is designed to benefit everyone; it's not just about commercial applications," said Marshall. "If I get folks to save money in their house, they tend to try and carry those behaviors back to the ship."
For more information on energy conservation, see https://energy.navy.mil.
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