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Energy Innovation: A Major Focus on Improving the Warfighter


Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen H. Hicks tours the Pentagon’s Energy Expo, which showcases emerging energy technologies to advance the combat capabilities of the Joint Force, Sept. 21, 2022.
Photo by: Lisa Ferdinando, DOD

Energy innovation is a major focus for supporting the warfighter and improving readiness. As such, it was a major focus of last month’s first Pentagon Energy Expo 2022, that took place September 20-21, 2022.


With over 100 exhibits, the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, featured contractors, research labs, and more showcased technologies in the Pentagon Courtyard designed to improve the ability of Joint Warfighters to operate in contested battlespaces, increase warfighter advantage in contested logistics, environments, advance demand reduction technologies, increase energy resilience, and deliver more power with secure energy. These technologies were grouped among 6 major categories: General Energy, Vehicle Electrification (Ground/Air/Sea), Contingency Basing/Installation Energy Resilience, Batteries/Energy Storage/Energy Distribution/Power Generations, Alternative Energy Sources, and Software/Cybersecurity.


The Navy and Marine Corps showcased emerging technologies from vehicle electrification and energy analysis software, fuel cells, other alternative energy sources. All technologies are designed to enhance the capability to train, fight, win, and improve resilience in critical operations. They focus on increasing readiness while reducing fuel demand and costs for training, operations, and maintenance.


To learn more about the Expo and the full list of exhibits with brief descriptions of each technology, check out the brochure here.


Sources:

1. https://www.defense.gov/News/News-Stories/Article/Article/3169371/hicks-highlights-energy-innovation-to-improve-warfighter-capabilities/

2. https://www.defense.gov/News/Transcripts/Transcript/Article/3168960/deputy-secretary-of-defense-dr-kathleen-hicks-speaks-with-press-at-the-pentagon/

3. https://www.navy.mil/Press-Office/News-Stories/Article/3168516/department-of-the-navy-participates-in-dod-energy-expo-2022/

4. https://events.sa-meetings.com/website/38992/

5. https://www.defense.gov/News/Advisories/Advisory/Article/3164719/department-of-defense-to-hold-2022-pentagon-energy-expo/

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