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Whether it is meeting the challenge of reducing energy consumption, or ensuring compliance with ever more stringent standards for energy efficiency, the United States military looks to rely on AcuTemp products as part of its strategy. The AcuTemp ThermoCor Vacuum Insulated Panel’s (VIP) energy efficient design and hardened construction make it an excellent fit for the rigors of military cold chain shipping. Today’s increases in energy consumption and the severity of government mandated compliance standards make decisions about shipping temperature sensitive materials more important than ever.
Energy Efficiency Goals and Strategies
Each year, the Department of Defense (DoD) submits its Annual Energy Management Report (AEMR) to the Federal Energy Management Program of the Department of Energy. In it, the DoD documents the progress it has made in the area of energy management, and identifies its strategies for meeting future challenges of increased efficiencies. The AEMR is designed to guide the various military branches in their development of strategic energy choices to meet the numerous laws, regulations, and policy directives surrounding energy efficiency.
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 AEMR was particularly important in that it refocused the DoD’s efforts from installation energy management to long-term cost avoidance and mission assurance. This adaptation resulted in the development of three energy efficiency foci:
Mission Assurance: The military’s ability to count on reliable sources of energy to operate, train, test new systems, and conduct other essential national security missions.
Significant Cost: The DoD’s facilities energy costs totaled approximately $4.0 billion in FY2010. This is a substantial sum, and energy cost savings can be reallocated to DoD priorities such as military operations, training, research and development, and system modernization.
Environmental Impact: Facilities energy accounts for 26 percent of DoD energy use, but 40 percent of greenhouse gases. Reducing facilities energy use, therefore, has a disproportionately positive effect in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
(Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment), 2011, p. 3)
To accomplish those DOD goals, each military branch began implementing their own energy efficiency strategies:
The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) issued the Bases to Battlefield Energy and Water Strategy as part of its broader Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Strategy and Implementation Plan.
The Department of the Navy (DON), the Defense Logistics Agency, and the Missile Defense Agency issued policies to reduce energy costs.
The Air Force Instruction 32-1021, Planning and Programming Military Construction (MILCON) Projects was substantially revised to include a requirement for all eligible MILCON projects to achieve a minimum of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification and incorporate the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) on Low Impact Development, into project designs.
The Army produced sustainability policy memos, including the Utilization of Efficient Lighting, Managing Stormwater with Low Impact Development, and Sustainable Design and Development.
Those DoD goals and resultant military strategies, show the importance the DoD and its military branches have placed on energy efficiency. To fulfill their efficiency plans in the area of cold chain transportation of temperature sensitive materials, the United States military looks to AcuTemp.
DOD’s Cold Chain Efficiency Solution: AcuTemp’s ThermoCor VIP
With the introduction of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), all federal agencies are now required to make reductions in their energy consumption. The energy efficiency targets setup by the Act include a 3% per year energy intensity reduction, meaning that agencies will have to reduce energy intensity 30% by the year 2015 (United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2011, para. 7). AcuTemp contributes directly to the military’s ability to meet these targets by helping it to conform its cold chain operations to meet increasingly stringent standards, while improving operational readiness. For the transporting of temperature sensitive materials, the AcuTemp ThermoCor VIP can be a long-termanswer to the military. The VIP’s exclusive design and construction ensure mission completion, while its lowered power needs, smaller footprint, and increased hold times reduce expenditures and positively affect the environment. All of this leads to lowered costs, decreased risk, and saved lives.
An example of this partnership can be found in the US Navy’s contractor’s use of the ThermoCor VIP as part of its overall procurement process. ThermoCor VIPs are currently being used in the construction of the Military Sealift Command’s T-AKE ships. The cargo supply ships are built to provide fleet replenishment at the lowest lifecycle cost. AcuTemp’s ThermoCor VIP solution allowed the General Dynamics built T-AKE ships to acquire certification and classification by the American Bureau of Shipping and the United States Coast Guard. In fact, the use of ThermoCor technology in the building of Military Sealift Command’s T-AKE ships has significantly reduced the thicknesses of both walls and floors. This is due to the incredible performance of the ThermoCor technology, which offers R-values of 45 per inch of thickness, reducing power and coolant consumption.
AcuTemp’s revolutionary product offerings make previously unachievable commercial and industrial applications possible. Its users benefit from reductions in power consumption, the additional available transporting space of a decreased footprint, a great increase in achievable hold times, and an overall reduction in operating costs through higher thermal efficiency.
The bottom line: AcuTemp’s products offer a rugged, efficient, lower cost, lower risk solution for the quality oriented cold chain strategy.
As a leading supplier of thermal management solutions, AcuTemp serves the need of industry and government to meet their cold chain needs. AcuTemp is a trusted partner with the United States Department of Defense, having been engaged numerous times to develop products that help meet the critical challenges of battlefield medical care. Through the years, AcuTemp’s continuous dedication to offering live-saving, innovative solutions has further solidified its position as a leader in the cold chain industry. When shipping temperature sensitive materials, trust the experts, trust AcuTemp.
Office of the Deputy under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment). (2011). Department of Defense Annual Energy Management Report Fiscal Year 2010. (RefID: 5-0BED776). Retrieved from www.acq.osd.mil/ie/energy/DoD_AEMR_FY2010__July_2011%5B1%5D%5B1%5D.pdf
United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2011). Greening EPA: Federal Energy Requirements. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/oaintrnt/energy/fedreq.htm