ESTCP has selected forty-five new start projects to begin in FY 2021. These projects responded to the FY 2021 ESTCP solicitation for Environmental and Installation Energy and Water Technologies. Topics addressed by these projects include innovative technology transfer approaches; management of contaminated groundwater; long term management of contaminated aquatic sediments; improved energy efficiency and security; munitions response in underwater environments; enhanced energy and installation water resiliency; building level energy storage systems; and coastal total water level model comparative assessment.

The tables below list the FY 2021 ESTCP new start projects for Environmental Restoration, Installation Energy and Water, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, and Weapons Systems and Platforms.

As project overviews become available, a link to each project webpage will be provided below. Information on these and other SERDP and ESTCP projects is also available under Focus Areas


Environmental Restoration

ER Topic-21-B2: Management of Contaminated Groundwater


Development and Demonstration of PFAS-LEACH—A Comprehensive Decision Support Platform for Predicting PFAS Leaching in Source Zones

Bo Guo

University of Arizona


Sonolysis-Based In Situ PFAS Treatment Within an HRX Well

Craig Divine

Arcadis US, Inc.


Sustainable Remediation of Chlorinated Solvents in Acidic Aquifers 

Paul Hatzinger

Aptim Federal Services, LLC


Bioaugmented Phytoremediation to Treat 1,4-Dioxane Contaminated Groundwater

Jerald Schnoor

University of Iowa


Field-Scale Demonstration of a Novel Real-Time Sensor for PFAS

Sandra Mejia-Avendano

Arcadis US, Inc.


Demonstration of a High Resolution Passive Profiler (HRPP) for Characterizing the Distribution of PFAS in Groundwater

William Jackson

Texas Tech University


Onsite Demonstration of Thermal Desorption Coupled with Thermal Oxidation Technology to Treat Solid PFAS-Impacted Soil Investigation-Derived Waste

Frank Barranco

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC


Low-Cost, Passive In Situ Treatment of PFAS-Impacted Groundwater Using Foam Fractionation in an Air Sparge Trench

Dung Nguyen

CDM Smith


Nanofiltration Followed by Electrical Discharge Plasma for Destruction of PFAS and Co-contaminants in Groundwater: A Treatment Train Approach

Stephen Richardson

GSI Environmental Inc.


Characterizing PFAS in Groundwater: Assessment of Tools and Fluorine Balances

Charles Schaefer  

CDM Smith


Developing a Framework for Monitored Natural Attenuation at PFAS Sites

David Adamson

GSI Environmental Inc.


Demonstration of Cost Effective and Sustainable Destruction of PFAS in Concentrated Waste Streams

John (Zhong) Xiong

Haley & Aldrich, Inc.


Procedure for Generating Optimized Numerical Models from the New Generation of Advanced Geologic Site Conceptual Models Developed Using Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy (ESS)

Murray Einarson

Haley & Aldrich, Inc.


Comprehensive Assessment of Applying Modified Clays using Jet Grouting for In Situ Isolation versus Stabilization of PFAS Source Zones

Chadi El Mohtar

University of Texas at Austin

ER Topic-21-B3: Long Term Management of Contaminated Aquatic Sediments


A High-Resolution, Optically-Based Chemical Contaminant Monitoring System for Remedy Performance Evaluation at DoD Contaminated Sediment Sites

Grace Chang

Integral Consulting Inc.

ER Topic-21-D1: Environmental Restoration


Demonstrating a Multi-Scale Thermal and Electromagnetic Technologies Toolbox for Improved Mapping and Monitoring of Contaminated Groundwater Discharges to Surface Water

Ramona Iery

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center 


Installation Energy and Water

EW Topic-21-B1: Innovative Technology Transfer Approaches


Strategic Integration of Innovative Lighting Retrofits and Controls Across DoD

Scott Schuetter




Demonstration of Cost-Effective, Modular, Scalable, and Repeatable Building Level Energy Storage System

Sean Walters

Yotta Solar Inc.


Integrating Building Level Storage Across Multiple Buildings Using Innovative Performance Contracts

Julian Lamb

Paragon Robotics

EW Topic-21-B8/D6: Enhanced Energy Resiliency


Micro-Combined Heat and Power for Enhanced Energy Resiliency

Alex Lovallo

Gas Technology Institute


Ultra-Resilient & Energy Efficient DC Microgrid

John Saussele

DayWatt LLC


Securing Resilient On-Base Microgrids  

James Taylor

Onclave Networks, Inc.


Applying Semantic Metadata Standardization Demonstration at DoD Facilities

Chris Battisti

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory 


Dynamic Demand/Response System for Load Awareness and Management of Wastewater Aeration, Reducing Life Cycle and Operational Energy Costs

Diego Rosso

Watergate Environmental Technologies LLC


Providing Energy Resilience with an ROI

Nathan Johnson

Arizona State University


Energy Disturbance Resiliency through Automated Fault Isolation and Restoration

Lee Melville

SEL Engineering Services, Inc.


Energy Resilience Using Intellirupters for an EDG/PV/BESS Microgrid

Audrey Oxendine

U.S. Army Fort Bragg

EW Topic-21-B9/D7: Energy Efficiency Technology Demonstrations Integrated with Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC)


Integration of Innovative RCx Processes into UESC model for DoD

Uday Mathur



Tunable White LED

Paul Kistler

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center 

EW Topic-21-B10/D8: Enhanced Installation Water Resiliency


Demonstration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Leak Detection Technology for Real-Time Drinking Water Distribution System Leak Monitoring

Steven Fann

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center 


Implementing Hydrologic Design to address Non-Stationary Climate

Mark Wigmosta

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Coupled Modeling to Support Evaluation of Mission-Assurance Risk from Disruption of Water Infrastructure

Noah Garfinkle

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory 


Munitions Response

MR Topic-21-B4: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions in Underwater Environments


CMRE UXO test site implementation, demonstration and maintenance

Stefano Biagini

Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation 

MR Topic-21-D2: Munitions Response


Classification of Underwater UXO from Dynamic EMI Survey Data

Shawn Mulvaney

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Munitions Response Library for Site Management

Allison Penko

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Resource Conservation and Resiliency

RC Topic-21-B1: Innovative Technology Transfer Approaches


Validation and Implementation of an Aquatic Invasive Species Biochip

Taylor Wilcox

National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation

RC Topic-21-B6: Coastal Total Water Level Model Comparative Assessment


Comparative Assessment of Total Water Levels for Coastal Military Facility Readiness and Resilience Using Numerical Models

Jack Puleo

University of Delaware

RC Topic-21-D3: Resource Conservation and Resiliency


Remote, Near-Real-Time, Autonomous Acoustic Monitoring of Military Lands for At-Risk Species

Patrick Wolff

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory 


Weapons Systems and Platforms

WP Topic-21-B1: Innovative Technology Transfer Approaches


Focused Transition of SERDP/ESTCP Technologies in Field Maintenance Activities as an Innovative Means to Facilitate Implementation

John Repp

Elzly Technology Corporation

WP Topic-21-D4: Weapons Systems and Platforms


Power Demonstration of Green Propellant for F-16 Emergency Power Unit

Tosh Farr

Hill Air Force Base, Secondary Power Systems


Demonstration of Mold and Mildew Preventative Epoxy Coatings for Naval Ship Interior Coatings

Charles White

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division


Demonstration/Validation of Aluminum-Rich Primer on DoD Aviation Platforms

Michael Brindza

Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division 


Qualification and Demonstration of Oxsol-Free and Low-VOC Topcoats for Surface Ships and Submarines

James Tagert

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory


Water Mist Fire Suppression as an Alternative to Military Specification Foam in Aircraft Hangars

Bridgett Ashley

Air Force Civil Engineer Center