U.S. Marine Corps E2C energy
An array of solar panels supplies energy for necessities at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.
(Photo by U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Jeremiah Handeland/Released)

The following is a press release from the U.S. Marine Corps:

The Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office released a Request for Information for the next Expeditionary Energy Concepts technology demonstration (formerly known as Experimental Forward Operating Base – or ExFOB).

E2C 2015 will be held June 23 to 25 at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. The RFI can be viewed at www.hqmc.marines.mil/e2o. The deadline to respond to the RFI is Friday, March 6.

Once a year, industry is invited to E2C to demonstrate off-the-shelf technologies with potential to address current Marine Corps energy, water, and waste capability gaps.

This year, E2C will focus on three technology areas:

  1. Hybrid/electric all-terrain vehicles
  2. Advanced batteries and energy storage
  3. Fuel cells (up to 10kW)

“We are pursuing energy technologies that will reduce fuel and battery resupply requirements for small unit distributed operations,” said Col Jim Caley, director of E2O. “Systems that make it through the five phases of E2C – from demonstration to fielding – will enable a more self-sufficient, combat-effective future force.”

Created by the Commandant of the Marine Corps in 2009, E2C brings together stakeholders from across the Marine Corps requirements, acquisition, and technology development communities in a dynamic process to quickly evaluate technologies that reduce battlefield energy and water requirements and extend the operational reach of the Corps.

E2C is not a tradeshow. During the week-long demonstration, a team of engineers will collect data on system performance and Marine operators will provide qualitative feedback on what they see. Following the demonstration, promising technologies may be evaluated in a controlled lab environment and then put into the hands of Marines for field testing in combat conditions. Lab and field evaluation results will inform Marine Corps requirements development.

For more information, view fact sheet and visit http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/e2o/E2CExFOB  or the E2C 2015 RFI at www.fbo.gov (search keyword: ‘E2C’ or solicitation number: M67854-15-E2C-RFI).


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