Cogenra among those tapped for US Defense Department’s installation energy test bed initiative

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Cogenra Solar’s solar cogeneration technology has been selected by the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) for its Installation Energy Test Bed initiative taking place in fiscal year 2012. Cogenra was among 27 projects chosen out of 575 proposals for the DoD’s initiative and was awarded a US$2 million contract for installations at  two military sites.

The company will build its installations at a US Navy and US Army facility that have varying building types, climates and hot water usage. They will produce hot water and electricity for the sites’ dining halls and residential quarters. The projects, a 242kW rooftop array at Port Hueneme Naval Base in Ventura County and a 121kW system at the Army Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin, California, will be evaluated throughout the year to verify their energy production and cost effectiveness for the military applications.

“We are honored to be among the very few companies selected by the DoD to be part of their renewable energy efforts,” said Dr. Gilad Almogy, CEO of Cogenra Solar. “This program is a great vehicle to demonstrate solar cogeneration’s many benefits to the DoD, such as lower energy costs, reduced dependence of fossil fuels, and decreased greenhouse gas emissions. We welcome this opportunity to grow Cogenra’s footprint in the military market.”

The ESTCP aims to test, evaluate and scale up innovative new energy technologies that will help improve the DoD’s energy footprint and reduce its facility energy costs. Along with Cogenra, 3M, Autodesk, Honeywell International, Morgan Solar, Siemens, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the NREL were among the 27 selected organizations to participate in the DoD initiative. The FY2012 award covers smart microgrids and energy storage to increase the energy security of the DoD’s installations, advanced component technologies to improve building energy efficiency, advanced building energy management and control technologies, tools and processes for design, assessment, and decision-making associated with energy use and management and technologies for renewable energy generation on installations.

For the complete list of companies awarded the FY2012 contract and further details on the awarded projects, click here.

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