Submitted in collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) and Trane, the proposals have been selected for the programme’s final round, which involves a 30-month demonstration period starting from March 2013.
Enerliance founder and CEO Scot Duncan said both the projects were aimed at lowering energy waste, as well as enhancing comfort, productivity and health of the troops and their support staff.
As part of first proposal, the team will install Enerliance’s patent-protected load based optimisation system (LOBOS) at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma and Fort Bragg in North Carolina, US, to demonstrate its ability to help DoD achieve 30% to 50% energy savings under hot and humid climates of its varied facilities.
Intended at saving a potential $1.3bn in operating costs over a 20-year period, the demonstration represents a necessary step before the technology’s worldwide deployment at DoD facilities.
A LOBOS-based chiller plant upgrade at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego has already resulted in more than 60% reduced energy consumption, since installation in 2010.
The second proposal involves installation and demonstration of the company’s patent-protected high-efficiency dehumidification system (HEDS), to evaluate its ability to save $2bn in additional cost reductions over a 20-year period.
HEDS was manufactured in response to an Army Corps of Engineers request for a solution capable of saving energy, while also lowering undesirable biological growth and costly remediation work required in an event of air-conditioning systems failure in controlling relative humidity.
Initiated by DoD in 1995, the ESTCP aims at identification and promotion of innovative and cost-effective technologies that are capable of lessening its energy usage costs, which accounts for $4bn a year to power more than 300,000 installations.