EW Blog 05122022

The ESTCP project lead by Slipstream is approaching completion, and the training resource on advanced building controls is publicly available. The video series was developed and delivered by expert faculty and courses are grouped by topic with a recommended learning flow starting with simple topics and advancing to more complicated ones. You can access the  free on-demand library for the following: 17 short sessions for energy managers, 20 in-depth sessions for building operators and facility engineers, up to 18.5 hours of professional development hours (PDH).

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The Department of Defense (DoD) faces a long-term threat from a changing climate to its many infrastructure installations. In response, ESTCP is supporting projects that seek to address infrastructure resilience needs using innovative and cost-effective technologies.

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In 2022, ESTCP funded projects that will improve the detection of unexploded ordnance (UXO) using technologies above and below the water surface as well as explore a safer munition removal process. The selected projects are described in greater detail in this blog post.

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An ESTCP project led by a team at the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) that validated the safety, effectiveness, mission readiness and cost savings of vapor infusion technology is one example where there are both military and commercial applications of a technology. Since the project’s completion in 2014, the team has continued to advance this technology, demonstrate its various applications, and gain wider technology adoption across multiple industries.

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The Department of Defense (DoD) coastal installations span the globe and require insight on potential sea level rise and saltwater encroachment that may threaten that infrastructure. The DoD-led Coastal Assessment Regional Scenario Working Group supports the develop tools that provide the needed insight. One tool example is the  DoD Regional Sea Level Database (DRSL) which provides sea level change information relevant to each coastal installation. In 2022, SERDP funded projects to continue tool development to examine DoD coastal installations with subsurface physical infrastructure vulnerable to saltwater intrusion.

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Detailed surveys of contaminated areas are conducted where the remediation of individual munitions is required. Individual items must be detected with high probability and sufficient location accuracy that they may be unambiguously identified and retrieved. SERDP and ESTCP projects have demonstrated several technologies meant for conducting detailed surveys of munitions response sites in the underwater environment. In 2022, SERDP funded projects that will improve the detection of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and characterize munitions. The selected projects are described in greater detail in this blog post.

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In 2022, SERDP selected projects to develop cost-effective remedial technologies for matrices impacted by PFAS resulting from the use of AFFF formulations. These SERDP projects address the following research goals: developing cost effective treatment approaches for PFAS-impacted matrices, developing cost effective approaches for complete destruction of PFAS bound onto spent media, evaluating treatment technologies using field-impacted media containing PFAS mixtures and common environmental treatment complications, and developing treatment train approaches to cost-effectively treat PFAS and facilitate treatment of co-occurring chemicals.

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SERDP projects advance Department of Defense (DoD) understanding of threatened, endangered, and at-risk species (TES) and their respective management. Of particular interest is the prediction of the effects of multiple stressor interactions within DoD relevant TES populations. The knowledge derived from such research would aid in the development of improved and more cost-effective ecosystem management methods. In 2022, SERDP selected projects to examine population response from multiple stressors on terrestrial species of relevance to the DoD. 

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Dr. Cari Dutcher and her team from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities executed a study to provide an understanding of the generation, stabilization, and worsening of shipboard oil and water emulsions in the presence of complex hydrodynamic fields with varied chemical conditions. For their efforts on this project, Dr. Cari Dutcher and her team have been awarded the 2021 SERDP Project of the Year for Weapons Systems and Platforms.

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Dr. David Major from Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. and his team led a SERDP-funded project to evaluate the use of smoldering combustion to treat PFAS from IDW soils. For these significant contributions, Dr. Major and his team received the 2021 SERDP Project of the Year Award for Environmental Restoration.

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