Ideal Power, EnerDel, the University of Dayton Research Institute and the United States Air Force Research Laboratory are researching ways to reduce the amount of diesel fuel used by forward operating bases (FOBs).
Ideal is a developer of power conversion systems, which are being used in the project. It is being paired with lithium-ion battery manufacturer EnerDel’s Mobile Hybrid Power System. The year-long research is important because diesel fuel usually must be delivered to FOBs done via convoys that traverse hostile territory.
The project is running lights and air conditioning at the 319th Training Squadron’s Basic Expeditionary Airmen Skills Training (BEAST) facility at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Commentary in the press release says that other Ideal and EnerDel and points out that many commercialized products start with military-based research.
Last month, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James commented on Air Force Radio that energy efficiency is moving front and center.