Tents being tested at TROPEC's ORNL outdoor testbed.
Tents being tested at TROPEC's ORNL outdoor testbed.(06/2013)
TROPEC team entering survey data, Ban Chan Krem.
TROPEC team entering survey data, Ban Chan Krem.(2/2013)

Assessments & Exercises


TROPEC Testbed Information

The above link carries you to a presentation that describes the TROPEC Testbed, technology assessment venues, technologies tested, capabilities, and testbed points of contact.

Informative Products Summaries and Availability

The links above carry you to summaries of the technology reviews and assessments completed to date by the TROPEC team. There are three overall assessments provided by TROPEC. The first is an initial go/no-go paper review of the applicant's technology submission conducted by DOD and DOE energy experts. The second is a laboratory focused technical assessment led by our DOE laboratory partners and the third is an assessment in an actual military field exercise in the Pacific "tropical" Theater led by our NAVFAC Systems Experimentation Division partners.

If you have a technology or approach that can reduce energy use at military expeditionary bases — especially those located in tropical environments — you are encouraged to use I-Net to submit an application for TROPEC assessment. Please click through for more information on the scope of energy solutions being sought by TROPEC, the assessment criteria, and the overall review process within TROPEC.

Expenditionary Technology Reviews

Initial technology reviews are performed to assess the readiness, impact, and expeditionary fit of the applicant's technology. The reviews are quick-turn, paper reviews conducted using available information including any existing performance data that can be used to assess the technology before it is considered for inclusion in TROPEC's assessment pipeline. Informative products from the reviews are generated in the form of quad-sheets that overview the purpose, readiness, previous evaluations and their results, and the potential expeditionary impact of the technology. A summary of the technologies that have undergone this initial review to date is available under the Expeditionary Technology Reviews link above.

Laboratory-based Technology Assessments

Laboratory-based assessments evaluate the solution's potential to provide energy savings in a controlled environment, and begin to assess tradeoff values between energy savings and logistical considerations in an expeditionary field environment. These assessments are most suited for technologies that range from prototypes to full maturity and have not undergone sufficient previous assessment to quantify their potential expeditionary suitability and impact before consideration for assessment in a military field setting. Laboratory-based assessments may take on one of three forms. The first is a paper evaluation utilizing existing information and test results, often combined with simulation or other type of supporting analysis. The second is actual performance testing in an indoor experimental setup. The third option is testing in an experimental outdoor test bed which can be used for quick-turn, small-scale testing of structures, ECUs, and supporting equipment in an outdoor climate that tracks tropical environments. TROPEC assessments are conducted for both commercial vendor and government R&D developed technologies. Visit TROPEC's Lab-Based Outdoor Test Bed to discover how to get the technology you are interested in tested at this facility.

Field Technology Assessments

Field assessments study the operational and technical performance of an energy reduction approach in an operational setting with warfighter participation. Assessments conducted in the field assess actual energy savings in the operational environment while observing human and environmental factors' influence on energy savings. These assessments further assess value tradeoffs between energy savings and overall United States Pacific Command and expeditionary logistical concerns. Field assessments leverage a range of exercises, deployments, and field locations across the PACOM Area of Operations (AOR).

Assessment Report Summaries