The Department of Defense (DoD) Installation Energy Test Bed sought demonstration projects of innovative technologies and approaches to improve the energy and water efficiency of buildings on military installations. The demonstrations must have been led by Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) or utilities that perform Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) or Utility Energy Services Contracts (UESCs) for the DoD. Technologies should have been commercially available but not currently widely deployed on military installations due to a lack of available data on system life-cycle cost and performance; or due to other uncertainties that pose a barrier to implementation through performance contracts. The demonstrations did not need to be integrated with current or planned ESPCs or UESCs or technologies and approaches that enable more efficient development and management of ESPCs/UESCs.
SCOs were encouraged to consider technologies previously demonstrated by ESTCP but were welcome to propose any technology that met the characteristics listed below. Demonstrations with the following characteristics awere preferable:
The following projects were funded. Projects overviews will appear below as they are posted to the website.
DoD invests hundreds of millions of dollars annually1 through ESPCs and UESCs to improve facilities performance and reduce energy and water-related operations and maintenance costs. ESCOs are a key stakeholder in these projects and play a critical role in deployment of new technologies and solutions. The continued improvement of DoD facility and infrastructure performance is dependent on the application of new technologies and approaches to implementing projects; however, new technologies and approaches present a variety of real and perceived risks that need to be mitigated and shared appropriately between the project stakeholders.
ESPCs and UESCs are important tools that allow DoD to leverage third-party financing to implement energy and water projects, often with guaranteed savings. Demonstration projects provide key stakeholders an opportunity to get direct experience with engineering, integration and operations of new technologies and develop confidence in technologies ability to deliver the savings in a performance contract.
Below is a list of previously demonstrated technologies that are commercially available and may be appropriate for implementation through ESPCs or UESCs. More information about the technologies and project contact information can be found on the SERDP and ESTCP website (www.SERDP-ESTCP.org) by entering the project number in the search pane. Project numbers in parenthesis are related to the project numbered above it. (See appendix for project summaries)
The following technologies are not considered to be direct energy-savings measures but may be helpful as enabling technologies in development of ESPCs or other energy projects.
1 Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment. Annual Energy Management and Resilience Report Fiscal Year 2019. https://www.acq.osd.mil/eie/Downloads/IE/FY%202019%20AEMR.pdf