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Air Force Begins Forward Operating Base Alternative Energy Project; Deborah Lee James Comments

Deborah Lee James
Deborah Lee James

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has announced the start of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Forward Operating Base of the Future project that aims to help find alternatives to diesel fuel.

AFRL’s Advanced Power Technology Office will demonstrate new energy technologies through modification of the current training FOB at JBSA as part of an effort to adopt alternative energy sources, energy storage technologies and smart grid technologies, the Air Force said Monday.

James, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2016, described FOB of the Future launch during her visit to the Joint Base San Antonio’s Basic Expeditionary Airmen Skills Training facility on March 22.

“Through renewable and advanced energy technologies, we can ensure our bases have the power to execute their missions, even when traditional energy resources are disrupted,” James said.

“The same technologies, self-sustaining approach, and energy-aware culture we’re demonstrating here at BEAST are just as important across all our bases.”

Scheduled to close in March 2017, AFRL will install smart controllers, microgrids, advanced batteries, solar cells and HVAC units in one zone as part of the demonstration project.

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