GUAM – The U.S. Navy is seeking information on technology it could potentially use to convert waste to clean energy as the military aims to increase its reliance on renewable energy sources.
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command said it aims “to identify potential commercially available and near commercially available WTCE technology packages for processing one or more of the existing waste streams at the military installations.”
The “sources” sought announcement is valid for all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, NAVFAC said. The waste to be converted “includes, but is not limited to, municipal solid waste, green waste, and food waste” and “the energy output includes, but is not limited to, electricity and synthetic gas.”
“This is not a solicitation announcement for proposals and no contract will be awarded from this announcement,” NAVFAC said. The solicitation number is N6258311R0556 and responses are sought by April 30.
While the announcement wasn’t specifically for Guam, the military has looked into possible sources of renewable energy for its buildup on the island to prepare for the transfer of 8,600 Marines and their families and support staff from Okinawa as early as 2016.
The U.S. Navy Environmental Impact Study on the buildup said though, that wind is too “marginal” on Guam, fuel cell technology is not advanced enough, wave power depends too much on the coast’s unpredictable wave strength, and the geothermal power generation on Guam requires too much further study to be ready for the Marines’ arrival.
The Guam Power Authority has also said it seeks to buy as much as 40 megawatts in renewable energy supply and is currently accepting from businesses able to guarantee a minimum capacity of 5 megawatts.