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AFRL helps reduce demand for fuel, water at Expeditionary Airfield Resource sites

Posted 11/27/2013   Updated 11/27/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Air Force Research Laboratory
Advanced Power Technology Office


11/27/2013 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE -- When setting up an expeditionary base downrange, the Base Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR) Global Management Office (GMO) is responsible for rapidly fielding and sustaining critical air and space operations. These operations are heavily reliant on fossil fuels and tethered water supplies to meet mission requirements. As these deployed Air Force operations are energy and water intensive and considered critical infrastructure, the Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) Advanced Power Technology Office (APTO) and the BEAR GMO are jointly working to address these risks while meeting the priorities set forth by the 2013 Air Force Energy Strategic Plan to improve the physical and energy security of these deployed Airmen.

Research

APTO and BEAR stakeholders are developing several concept capabilities to support the Air Force's Energy Strategic Plan and the BEAR Modernization Plan through development and initial field demonstration.
The first effort is a deployable Expeditionary Waste Water Processing System (EW2PS) unit designed to energy efficiently handle solid waste and recycle gray water. The system leverages advanced filtration technologies and reverse osmosis, and reduces non-potable fresh water demands. The current project scope includes building the EW2PS and testing it at a contractor facility, followed by demonstration at a BEAR GMO specified location.

The second capability concept seeks to eliminate military open burn pits and subcontracting third parties for waste disposal at expeditionary sites. APTO reviewed state-of-the-art waste processing technologies to identify a commercialized, self-contained, mass waste incinerator or gasifier that:
processes unsorted mixed waste with no size reduction or uniformity requirements
meets U.S. environmental regulations for emissions and by-products
requires minimal training and manpower requirements for operation and maintenance
minimizes fuel usage to process waste, and
transportable using existing military equipment and assets
APTO is currently discussing demonstration locations within the Air Force.

Impact

This project helps meet the 2013 Air Force Energy Strategic Plan priorities to improve expeditionary resiliency by mitigating energy and water supply disruption that reduces operational risks. This effort develops several concepts for Air Force evaluation that address wastewater recovery/reuse and solid waste disposal. Additional advantages include:
reduces demand on infrastructure
reduces energy demand from fossil fuel at deployed operations
eliminates burn pits and accompanying occupational risks
minimizes deployed labor requirements
This capability also significantly improves installation security by minimizing additional base access for resupplying operational requirements.

About APTO

The APTO Program executes technology development and demonstration of alternative energy technologies on behalf of Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Energy.

APTO's mission is to scope and develop technologies to meet user requirements, progress solutions through Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), and highlights technology transition activities for Air Force enterprise use.

Technical Point of Contact

Mr. David Madden
Air Force Research Laboratory
Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
Systems Support Division

Technical Inquires

Air Force Research Laboratory
Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
Corporate Communications Office
937-255-0076



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