HELP US REIMAGINE ENERGY FOR THE DOD

The Department of Defense (DoD) consumes large amounts of operational and facility energy to provide a combat-credible force. In fact, the DoD is one of the largest single consumers of energy globally, and the Air Force is the largest user of fuel energy in the US Government. The way we generate, transmit, store, and use this enormous amount of energy today is both a paramount combat enabler and a potentially crippling vulnerability.

In the future, fossil fuels, the world's primary energy source, will become scarcer, while our energy needs grow. Our continued reliance on fossil fuels will lead to physical and geopolitical challenges in the security landscape, while alternative sources pose other risks of their own. And as the Department continues to reorient itself for great-power competition, the need to build more resilient infrastructure and supply chains has become more urgent. The time has come to reimagine our usage, generation, transportation, and storage of energy.

We are soliciting proposals for six individual challenge topics, each with its own evaluation team. The challenge topics are listed below.

If a potential solution aligns with more than one topic area, solution providers are allowed to submit their solution to more than one topic. However, it is the solution provider’s responsibility to tailor the solution proposal to align with the correct topic areas. Solution providers may also submit more than one solution to a specific topic. Solutions are evaluated on their overall alignment with the topic area and how specifically and completely they solve the problem defined by the topic area.

Fixed and Mobile Energy Generation
 

As part of the Reimagining Energy for the DoD Challenge, we are seeking submissions tailored to the topic of Fixed and Mobile Energy Generation.

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Energy Transmission and Distribution
 

As part of the Reimagining Energy for the DoD Challenge, we are seeking submissions tailored to the topic of Energy Transmission and Distribution.

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Fixed and Mobile Energy Storage
 

As part of the Reimagining Energy for the DoD Challenge, we are seeking submissions tailored to the topic of Fixed and Mobile Energy Storage.

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New Warfighting and Operational Equipment
 

As part of the Reimagining Energy for the DoD Challenge, we are seeking submissions tailored to the topic of New Warfighting and Operational Equipment.

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Data Availability for Improved Planning and Decision Making
 

As part of the Reimagining Energy for the DoD Challenge, we are seeking submissions tailored to the topic of Data Availability for Improved Planning and Decision Making.
 

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Energy Culture, Policy, and Education
 

As part of the Reimagining Energy for the DoD Challenge, we are seeking submissions tailored to the topic of Energy Culture, Policy, and Education.

 

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EXPECTED OUTCOMES FROM YOUR SOLUTIONS

The outcomes that we are hoping to achieve from this challenge include:

  • Energy availability when and where needed for mission effectiveness and quality of life
  • More effective warfighting and humanitarian missions less reliant on fossil fuels
  • Increased ability to rapidly respond to humanitarian crises
  • Leveraging all energy sources for military use such as wind, water, nuclear, hydrogen, thermal, etc.
  • Creation of new industries and capabilities inspired by the U.S. DoD
  • Leveraging energy from space

We also have two aspiration targets from this challenge:

  • Elimination of all fossil fuel dependency
  • Carbon negative DoD