18.03.2021

175+ Teams Advance to the Reimagining Energy for the DoD Showcase

175+ Teams Advance to the Reimagining Energy for the DoD Showcase

In the Fall of 2020, AFWERX, the U.S. Air Force’s innovation catalyst, set its sights on a herculean undertaking—to create the future of resilient energy production, transmission, use and storage. The Department of Defense (DOD) is currently the largest energy consumer globally. By reducing demand and reliance on petroleum and modernizing the energy infrastructure, the Air Force can improve the way they consume energy, increase sustainability and remain adaptable to future impacts of climate change and reduction in fossil fuels.

The Challenges solicited over 1,000 online proposals. Solutions ranged from disruptive cybersecurity technology to virtual assistants on bases and AI-enhanced platforms for decision making. Of these submissions, 179 solutions proposed by individuals and teams from the public and private sectors have been selected to advance on. These solution owners are invited to present their innovative solutions at the Reimagining Energy for the DoD Showcase. Due to the global health crisis, this will take place as a virtual event in February, 2021.

Invited teams will take center stage in a digital interactive showcase and exhibit their cutting edge solutions to Air Force leadership, key military decision-makers, and operators. Selected teams will deliver private pitches to U.S. Government evaluators and participate in networking opportunities to mix and mingle with other exhibitors. The goal of this event is to select the best solutions and guide them through future contracting, funding, and prototyping to further develop their concepts into real-word implementation to benefit the Air Force, our warfighters, the Department of Defense, and allied partners worldwide.

This is an incredible opportunity for the DOD to partner with innovative industries and academia to identify, fund and launch new energy strategies from now until the year 2045. The Challenge is seeking solutions that can be implemented immediately, those that require some further development and also moonshot ideas that may not be implemented until 2045.

“The disruption of the energy sector is already happening. There’s unbelievable innovation occurring in how we produce, transmit and store energy. The DOD must partner with those leading this disruption in both industry and academia, to ensure we maintain our competitive advantage,” stated Col. Charles Bris-Bois of the Air Force Disruptive Technology Team.

In advance of the upcoming showcase, AFWERX would like to thank all participants who submitted their solutions and the many evaluators who are integral to the success of the AFWERX Challenge Process. Best of luck to the exhibitors advancing to the showcase. We are excited about the potential partnerships with industry, academia, and beyond to solve some of the critical issues impacting the Air Force's Airmen and their mission.

About AFWERX

Established in 2017, AFWERX is a product of the U.S. Air Force, directly envisioned by former Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. Her vision of AFWERX — solve some of the toughest challenges that the Air Force faces through innovation and collaboration amongst our nation’s top subject matter experts. AFWERX serves as a catalyst to unleash new approaches for the warfighter through a growing ecosystem of innovators. AFWERX and the U.S. Air Force are committed to exploring viable solutions and partnerships to further strengthen the Air Force, which could lead to additional prototyping, R&D, and follow-on production contracts.