Bio fuel burns cleaner and also helps reduce dependency on fossil fuels, however, it is a breeding ground for microbes, which are living organisms that feed on the bio fuel and cause damage to equipment. As a result, AFRL, in collaboration with Barksdale and the University of Oklahoma conducted research that is making a global impact on clean energy and fossil fuel dependency.
This in-stream hydrokinetic device, developed by Oceana Energy, is designed to generate energy by leveraging natural water flow in a river. Oceana Energy tested the device in 2014 at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division™s David Taylor Model Basin in West Bethesda, Md. During the testing in the model basin, the device was able to generate up to 8.15 kilowatts of power. The device™s rotational rate was calculated by placing a single black fin on the device that could be tracked while viewing video playback.
The 49th Contracting Squadron completed a contract that started Feb 20, 2017 of changing the exterior lights on buildings from fluorescent or incandescent bulbs to light-emitting diode lights at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade was signed in March of 2015. This order requires a deduction in federal facility energy usage by 2.5 percent annually for the next 10 years.
Fairchild Air Force Base was identified as a test site by the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center, which has been conducting proactive and comprehensive assessments at a variety of active and closed bases to determine if Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid and/or Perfluorooctanoic acid, are present in the ground water. PFOS/PFOAs originate from a variety of sources to include common household items as well as many water, heat and fire-resistant products, and have been a key component in aqueous film forming foam for many years.
The Pennsylvania National Guard's environmental office, staffed by both Pennsylvania National Guard members and Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs civilians, won first place for Sustainability Team in the 2016 Army National Guard Environmental Awards contest. Additionally, the team won second place for Natural Resources Conservation-Large Installation.