ER FY21 Thermal Treatment Blog

In 2021, SERDP aims to improve the understanding of the effectiveness and sustainability of thermal destruction technologies for materials laden with PFAS. The following new SERDP projects address the research goals of assessing the fate and behavior of PFAS and co-occurring chemicals during production and processing of residual product streams from various technologies; improving understanding of PFAS fate during thermal reactivation of GAC; developing a better understanding of incineration on materials of interest; and developing novel or modified sorbents that are more sustainable and less energy intensive. More

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The SERDP Munitions Response Program Area has focused investments on identifying cost-effective technologies that can rapidly assess benthic features and ascertain the distribution and concentration of unexploded munitions in areas where the bottom depth is less than 5 meters. A research team lead by Dr. Steven Ackleson at the Naval Research Laboratory is investigating the application of active fluorometric imaging (AFI) for detecting and identifying benthic features of interest. More

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Coastal Department of Defense installations are facing changes in sea level and extreme water levels. In response, the DoD-led Coastal Assessment Regional Scenario Working Group developed the  DoD Regional Sea Level Database (DRSL) to provide authoritative, scenario driven sea level change information relevant to each coastal installation. The DRSL is now publicly available so that contracted third parties can use the future sea level change information for coastal installation and facilities planning.

POY Announcement 2020

SERDP and ESTCP are pleased to announce the 2020 Projects of the Year. This year’s awards recognize scientific advances and technological solutions to some of DoD’s most significant environmental and installation energy challenges.

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Dr. David Lytle from Oregon State University led his SERDP-funded team to examine the question of how climate change alters stream flow and how these changes influence sensitive aquatic and riparian organisms. For this significant work, Dr. Lytle and his team received the 2020 SERDP Project of the Year Award for Resource Conservation and Resiliency. 

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Samantha Phillips from Select Engineering Services and her team led an ESTCP-funded project that developed Small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS)/Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)  technology fit for purpose and demonstrated the use of it as a cost-effective, low impact way to monitor golden eagles on military installations. For this significant work, Samantha Phillips and her team received the 2020 ESTCP Project of the Year Award for Resource Conservation and Resiliency.

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ESTCP issued a solicitation topic in FY19 to demonstrate the cost and performance benefits of battery energy storage systems when integrated with Microgrids. Three project teams were selected to proceed to Phase 2 to conduct hardware-in-the-loop testing of their chosen technologies and control strategies. For their significant work and exceptional performance, ESTCP awards the 2020 ESTCP Installation Energy and Water Project of the Year award to 350Solutions, Ameresco and Raytheon. 


Dr. Craig Divine from Arcadis and his team led an ESTCP-funded project that validated the horizontal reactive media treatment well (HRX Well®), an in situ remediation approach that demonstrated a per-well hydraulic treatment zone width of 50 ft and an average mass discharge reduction of about 1.8 grams per day of contaminants. For these significant contributions, Dr. Divine and his team received the 2020 ESTCP Project of the Year Award for Environmental Restoration for their project.


Dr. Christopher Higgins from Colorado School of Mines and his team led a SERDP-funded project that established a more complete and coherent foundation on the role of source zones and low permeability materials on PFAS release. For these significant contributions, Dr. Higgins and his team received the 2020 ESTCP Project of the Year Award for Environmental Restoration for their project.


This year’s SERDP Project of the Year under the Munitions Response Program Area was headed by Dr. Margaret Palmsten from the United States Geological Survey. Dr. Palmsten and her project team are developing recent hindcasts of waves, currents, and sediment transport, including uncertainties using a coupled modeling system.

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