Energy–Efficient Modifications to Expeditionary Shelters
The United States Air Force (USAF) Energy Flight Plan, published in January 2017, has three strategic Energy goals: Improve Resiliency, Optimize Demand, and Assure Supply. Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), Airbase Technologies Branch (CXAE) at Tyndall AFB FL has researched several aspects of making expeditionary shelters more energy efficient. The expeditionary shelters intent is to provide accommodation and protection for personnel or equipment, but these structures are inherently inefficient in respect to energy use (environmental heating and cooling). This presentation will provide a summary of various innovative products, material, and technology assessments in support of AFCEC goals to reduce energy footprint of expeditionary shelters, with an end goal of off–grid sustainment that minimizes or even eliminates the use of conventional fossil fuels. Soft-wall shelters, K-Span structures, expandable containerized shelters, and modular shelters are used extensively through all of the service branches but are inherently inefficient with respect to maintaining a thermal barrier between the ambient, outdoor climate, and the shelter interior environment. This presentation also will provide an overview of potential improvements in designs, materials, and technologies that improve energy efficiency and energy resiliency of expeditionary shelters.
Mr. Reza Salavani works for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), Airbase Technologies Branch (AFCEC/CXAE), Tyndall AFB, Florida. He has over 32 years of program management experience in research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) and acquisition of DOD mission critical energy and utility systems for rapidly deployable force applications. As a technical group leader, he is responsible for technical direction and management in the following areas: alternative energy and power systems, power and load management systems, thin film solar photovoltaics, advanced concepts for power generation and distribution, environmental control units, waste-to-energy systems, grey water recovery and reuse systems, and black water disposal systems. As an Air Force representative, he participates in discussions with other military services for development of energy and utility technologies for overall asset management, increased resiliency, availability, and reliability of our deployed and fixed installations in support of the warfighter.