Department of Energy, Department of Army Announce Collaboration

"By increasing our cooperation on advanced vehicle technologies, the Department of Energy and the U.S. Army can accelerate the development and deployment of cutting-edge technologies that will decrease our dependence on oil." said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of the Army announced a new collaboration aimed at promoting the joint development of advanced vehicle technologies. During the first-ever Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Workshop – hosted by the DOE and the Army at NextEnergy headquarters in Detroit – Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal announced the completion of a new charter that will enhance national energy security and demonstrate the Federal Government’s leadership in transitioning America to a low-carbon economy. The announcement came during the workshop, which brought together more than 80 energy leaders including Nextek Power Systems.

“Through this Alliance, we can strengthen our military, our national security and our economy. Our work together can help create a clean energy economy that will create jobs and make America more competitive.” said Chu.

Under Secretary of the Army Westphal expounded on the workshop’s purpose. “President Obama has made it clear that now is the time to secure our energy future. We must increase efficiency in Army vehicles to accomplish this vital national goal,” Westphal said. “This powerful collaboration between the Army and the Department of Energy will ultimately support our Soldiers and forces, both abroad and here at home, by providing vehicles that are lighter, more efficient, less dependent on carbon fuels, and yet survivable and sustainable. They will provide the platforms for the next generation of fighting systems that are good for the environment and still meet the Army's military mission.”

The two-day Workshop opened with remarks and perspectives from senior leaders. Breakout sessions began mid-morning and focused on six critical areas:

  •     Advanced combustion engines and transmissions
  •     Lightweight structures and materials
  •     Energy recovery and thermal management
  •     Alternative fuels and lubricants
  •     Hybrid propulsion systems including batteries
  •     Analytical tools

More detailed workshop findings are being compiled, and an announcement of initial projects for joint consideration is expected later this summer.  Check back for further details.