Submissions deadline looms for U.S. energy challenges

Aug. 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM
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AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Energy Summit program has issued a final call for submissions for two technology challenges.

The first, the Defense Energy Technology Challenge, is for defense-targeted energy solutions and is matched with military testing and procurement opportunities. It is being conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Army National Guard, and installation and operational facilities worldwide.

The second is the Utility Technology Challenge, which focuses on cleaner and more environmentally sustainable energy solutions.

The submissions deadline for both challenges in Thursday. The challenges will be held in November, coinciding with the annual Defense Energy Summit, which is being held in Austin, Texas.

The summit is organized to help accelerate the development and deployment of new energy and infrastructure solutions for both the installation and operational missions of the U.S. military.

DES said finalists in the challenges will be given access to The Pike Powers Laboratory & Center for Commercialization for independent product performance testing.

"The challenge programs are designed to address the massive and complex energy needs of the Department of Defense," said Matthew Laudon, co-chairman of the DES. "The Defense Energy Summit in Austin is a direct extension of both the Defense and Utility Challenges, and with the support of the Pike Powers Lab, we are delivering the largest pool of energy solutions."

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