Single military Environmental Control Unit (ECU) serving two billeting tents.  Balikatan, April 2013.
Single military Environmental Control Unit (ECU) serving two billeting tents in Balikatan (4/2013)
Setting up the tents for TROPEC's Cimson Viper field test in Thailand.
Setting up the tents for TROPEC's Crimson Viper field test in Thailand (7/2012)
Preliminary set-up of test tent inside laboratory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Technologies Research and Integration Center.
Preliminary setup of test tent inside laboratory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Technologies Research and Integration Center. (5/2012)
Research assistance prepares fluorescent torchiere.
Research assistant prepares fluorescent torchiere for testing in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Lighting Lab's distribution photometer. This instrument measures the candlepower distribution from a light source or luminaire. (Date Unknown)

TROPEC Overview

TROPEC reaches out directly to industry and academia and works with an array of government agencies, including DOD and Department of Energy (DOE) programs, to identify promising energy reduction approaches for DOD use. TROPEC utilizes a multi-stage approach to identify, assess, and transition innovative energy-reduction materiel and non-materiel capabilities for use at expeditionary base camps.

Innovations Network
TROPEC aims to work with an array of innovators and government agencies, including a range of DOD offices and programs, to identify promising energy reduction approaches for DOD use.

The Innovations Network (I-Net) provides a gateway for companies, universities, government programs, and other innovators — including nontraditional innovators in the DOD spectrum — to submit applications for energy reduction approaches and technologies to the TROPEC program.  TROPEC reviews applications to find innovations with the greatest potential to reduce energy consumption at expeditionary base camps particularly in tropical environments.  The best applications demonstrate significant energy savings and compatibility with expeditionary military environments. 

Innovation Development and Assessment
TROPEC selects the most promising I-Net applications for inclusion in the TROPEC program. Selected applicants work with TROPEC through one of three pathways:

  1. Lab Development — Select innovations that show great promise but are not yet ready for demonstration are paired with a contact from Oak Ridge National Laboratory ( or Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ( who assists in further development of the innovation. TROPEC is not a traditional DoD Research and Development program, in which energy saving approaches are developed by private industry under contract to DoD. Rather, it is primarily a solution discovery and assessment program, which serves as a conduit for promising technologies to enter traditional development and acquisition programs.

  2. Lab Assessment — Innovations that show potential for energy savings and are in a form that is ready or can be adapted for military use are paired with a contact from one of TROPEC’s national laboratory partners, who assesses the innovation in a controlled environment with an emphasis on validating technical merit and energy impact.

  3. Field Assessment — Innovations that have been validated in controlled environments are paired with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center's Systems Experimentation Division for assessment in military exercises or other field environments with military operators to assess energy impacts in the field and to validate military utility.

TROPEC assessments provide an opportunity for developers to receive direct feedback from military and technology experts to determine how their development efforts and ideas may support or enhance DOD capabilities and needs. The process developed by TROPEC facilitates a collaborative working relationship among government, academia, and industry to promote the identification and assessment of emerging and mature technologies and approaches for the primary goal of accelerating the delivery of energy-reduction discoveries to the warfighter.

TROPEC maintains strong links to other R&D and DOD acquisition organizations and facilitates the transition of promising and proven innovations.

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By expanding the scope of our capability set expertise we have ensured the greatest responsiveness to DOD needs. Our foundational “menu” of activities enables partners to select assistance relevant to their needs; select from technology discovery help, lab assessment, field assessment, impact analysis, TTP/CONOP support and more.