N.C. Solar Center Staff Participating in N.C. Military Business Center Environmental Symposium

The N.C. Military Business Center, Senator Kay Hagan, and Senator Richard Burr are hosting the third annual N.C. Federal Environmental Symposium on June 13, 2012 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  The symposium will gather 350 industry and government representatives to discuss local business opportunities created by net zero goals in the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan.  The N.C. Solar Center’s Clean Power and Industrial Efficiency Program will participate in a net zero energy focus round table discussion and will highlight combined heat and power (CHP)  based microgrid installations at military bases.

Kay Hagan attending an introduction panel at the 10th Annual Defense Trade Show hosted by the NC Military Business Center.

The N.C. Federal Environmental Symposium will kick off with introductions by Jason Soper, military liaison with the Office of Senator Richard Burr, and Jenny Hartsock, military liaison from the Office of Senator Kay Hagan.  In addition, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Thomas Hicks, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Richard G. Kidd IV, will be keynote speakers at the event.

The event will also feature three round table discussions on net zero water, waste and energy installations that will include panel speakers and breakout discussion sessions for all participants.  Isaac Panzarella, Clean Power Project Coordinator with the Solar Center will speak on the net zero energy panel about his work on CHP and microgrid systems for military installations.  These systems provide military bases with significant on-site infrastructure that allows the base to operate during utility grid disruptions and downtime.  CHP serves as an important tool to manage energy costs and also enables advanced integration of distributed renewable energy resources, assisting bases to meet this requirement of the DOD’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan.   In 2008 a joint initiative between the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy was formed to examine military energy use, and led to a task force focused on net zero energy military installations. Net zero energy installations include on-site renewable energy generation or the use of on-site generated renewable energy fuels in buildings, facilities and fleet vehicles on the military base. These installations are intended to provide the total energy consumed by the military base.  North Carolina businesses can contribute to the installations in the waste, water and energy sector, to assist local military bases in meeting Federal goals.

An important project led by the N.C. Solar Center is the U.S. DOE Southeast Clean Energy Application Center (SE-CEAC).  The SE-CEAC promotes CHP throughout the Southeast region as a clean distributed energy resource, and focuses on military microgrids as a significant market sector. To support these efforts, the N.C. Solar Center provides technical assistance to military installation public works and energy groups on identifying opportunities for CHP systems. The N.C. Solar Center also engages in economic and project development with the Regional Triangle Research Partnership’s CleanTech Cluster and North Carolina State University’s Energy Council to support microgrid deployment.

Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division Heating and Cooling Plant has a 5 megawatt CHP system that was recognized with a 2012 EPA Energy Star CHP Award

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is a business development entity of the North Carolina Community College System, headquartered at Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC).  The mission of the NCMBC is to leverage military and other federal business opportunities for economic development and quality of life in North Carolina. The NCMBC’s primary goal is to help existing businesses identify, bid on and win military and other federal contracts.

Register for and find out more about the NC Federal Environmental Symposium here: http://www.ncmbc.us/2012NCFES.php