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Leverage R&D Programs to Demonstrate Innovative and Resilient Solutions at Air Force Installations

Interested parties can leverage several research and development programs to demonstrate innovative ways to increase energy resilience at Air Force Installations. As the Storefront, OEA, through its Open Request For Information (RFI), is an appropriate repository for demonstration ideas such as energy storage, demand management software, etc., for the Air Force. Below is a list of some of the available research and development programs.

OEA can assist in identifying locations to host proposed innovative activities and to provide the appropriate endorsements. OEA is open to participating in any viable partnership opportunity and will continue to identify candidates through its webpage, engagements and/or RFI. Note that OEA does not intend to contribute funding or to directly influence decision-making for any research and development programs.

  • The Air Force Research Laboratory's Advanced Power Technology Office (APTO) is soliciting white papers for demonstration projects that can be replicable across DoD: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=a3843838ff041fda4edccc93f78cfdf4&_cview=0
  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) maintains several programs directed towards specific technology solutions or innovative ideas. The office’s Broad Agency Announcements are refreshed on an annual basis and offer a mechanism for industry to reach DARPA with ideas that they feel could be valuable to national security: https://www.darpa.mil/work-with-us/opportunities
  • For companies interested in technology demonstration opportunities, DoD's technology demonstration program - Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) - issues an annual solicitation for proposals. More information can be found here: https://www.serdp-estcp.org/About-SERDP-and-ESTCP/About-ESTCP  

Partnership Opportunities

Partnerships are key to OEA’s project research and development strategy, enabling the office to leverage unique resources and capabilities to achieve energy resilient installations that ensure mission success.

Partnerships and solutions may involve using distributed generation, utility-scale generation (>10MW), microgrid and emerging technologies to help with:

  • Improving energy resiliency by identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities, prioritizing resources, and advancing physical and cyber security solutions
  • Optimizing energy demand through increased efficiency, reduced dependence on commercial energy supplies and demand and balancing critical load
  • Assuring energy supply by integrating innovative, diverse assets—including, but not limited to, alternative generation methods, smart controls, increased cyber security, infrastructure upgrades and storage—and third-party investment mechanisms.  

These partnerships not only help power the Air Force mission, but could also provide:

  • Grid stability
  • Local economy stimulation
  • Increased presence and recognition
  • Safe and secure energy assets

Project Interest Forms

INDUSTRY:
Complete the Industry Project Interest Form to identify innovative solutions to local and installation energy challenges. Specific project opportunities will be released on SAM.gov.

 

COMMUNITY:
Complete the Community Project Interest Form to identify and pursue mutually beneficial energy assurance projects. The Air Force Community Partnership Program has developed a portfolio of community to installation partnerships, several of which are energy related.

 

INSTALLATIONS:
Access the OEA Energy Storefront Platform (CAC-enabled) to submit an energy requirement. View some of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center's successful examples of Air Force energy projects.

 

 

 

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