USMC RFI Regarding Expeditionary Energy Concepts (E2C) 2015

USMC RFI Regarding Expeditionary Energy Concepts (E2C) 2015 image

Note: Formerly known as the Experimental Forward Operating Base (ExFOB) demonstration.

OVERVIEW:

This announcement is a Request for Information (RFI) notice for planning purposes. Link to Fed Biz Opps Solicitation Number: M67854-15-E2C-RFI

This year’s Expeditionary Energy Concepts demonstration (E2C 2015) will be held at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from 23 - 25 June 2015.  

E2C ‘15 will focus on three technology areas:

  1. Hybrid/electric all-terrain vehicles

  2. Advanced batteries and energy storage technology

  3. Fuel Cells (up to 10kW)

The due date for responses to this RFI is midnight EST on 6 March 2015.

ABOUT EXPEDITIONARY ENERGY CONCEPTS (E2C):

Created by the Commandant in 2009, E2C (formerly ExFOB) 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.

Once per year, the Marine Corps invites select industry participants to E2C to demonstrate off-the-shelf technologies with potential to address current Marine Corps energy, water, and waste capability gaps.  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.

E2C 2015 TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AREAS

E2C 2015 will focus on technologies that enable small unit distributed operations (e.g. distributed Company Landing Team operations).  The following three technology areas are of interest:

1. Hybrid/Electric All-Terrain Vehicles
Small unit distributed operations require small, highly mobile, tactical vehicles that can travel for extended range without fuel resupply.  Hybrid-electric and pure electric all-terrain vehicles offer significant fuel savings and have the potential to extend the operational reach of Marines on the move.  The Marine Corps is interested in vehicles that meet the following specifications:

  • Gross vehicle weight of 7,800 pounds or less (including 3 crew members, mission payload and shoring (if required))
  • Internally transportable via MV-22 Osprey (length ? 200 inches (including tie-downs), width ? 60 inches, height ? 60.2 inches)
  • 300+ mile range on unimproved road without fuel re-supply (pure electric vehicles with lesser range will be considered)
  • Compatible with military fuels (JP-8, JP-5, F-24, diesel) (*only applies to hybrid-electric vehicles)

2. Advanced Batteries and Energy Storage Technology
Marines use batteries to power a wide range of equipment and platforms in training and on the battlefield.  The Marine Corps is interested in batteries and energy storage solutions for specific military applications (described below) that offer significantly greater specific energy or volumetric energy density than the batteries used today.  All batteries must be rechargeable and safe. Batteries in excess of 1kWhr must minimize propagation.  

The Marine Corps is interested in solutions that generally exceed the following specifications:

Military Application

Energy

Energy Density

Direct replacement for the BB-2590 battery. The BB-XX90 format is a widely used for communications and counter IED operations.

>230Wh

>140Wh/kg

Novel energy storage solutions that provide similar functionality to the XX90 batteries but reduce bulk of the Modular Scalable Protective System (MSPS), increasing range of motion.

>150Wh

>125Wh/kg

Direct replacement for the lead acid NATO 6T battery. The 6T format is the ‘under-the-hood’ battery in USMC vehicles used to start the vehicle and power onboard hotel loads.

>1.6kWh

>50Wh/kg

Novel, scalable energy storage solutions for small hybrid power systems such as the GREENS High Energy Lithium Battery.

1-3kWh/ module

>72Wh/kg

3. Fuel Cells (up to 10kW)
Fuel cells will play a critical role in reducing future fuel requirements and achieving the Commandant’s aggressive 2025 energy goals.  The Marine Corps is interested in fuel cell power systems that meet the following specifications:

  • Power output of up to 10kW (target output = 3kW)
  • Operate on a safe solid or liquid fuel (including but not limited to: zinc, aluminum, JP-8, alternative fuels)
  • Transportable via light tactical trailer (NSN: 2330015435794)
  • Fuel savings over the 3kW Tactical Quiet Generator (~24% fuel efficiency at 100% load)

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