Marines in an assault amphibious vehicle preparing to conduct training at the Crow Valley range in Balikatan (4/2013)
Research assistance prepares fluorescent torchiere.
Research assistant prepares fluorescent torchiere for testing in the LBNL Lighting Lab's distribution photometer. This instrument measures the candlepower distribution from a light source or luminaire. (Date Unknown)
Environmental control unit and tent under test at TROPEC's ORNL outdoor testbed. (06/13)
Weather station in Crow Valley, USMC Osprey aircraft in the background. Balikatan, Philippines 2013

TROPEC Process

Improving the energy efficiency of the DOD's operational forces is vital to reducing vulnerability of supply lines and increasing operational capabilities. TROPEC identifies potential materiel and non-materiel solutions for use in austere and contingency environments within the Pacific Area of Responsibility (AOR), their impacts, limitations, and utility to meet both technical and warfighter objectives.

TROPEC is an assessment platform for expeditionary camp solutions.


Learn more about our TROPEC team.


Identification and assessment of contingency basing material / non-material solutions to reduce op-energy consumption in tropical regions.


Engaged in multiple exercises and events, offering timeline flexibility to fee payers.


Reduce risk and increase mission capability by enabling greater contingency base sustainability.


  • Query innovation marketplace
  • Integrate into ops / exercises to assess impact
  • Provide direct access to operators
  • Coalesce DOD and DOE expertise
  • Develop diverse partnerships to ID and transition promising solutions
  • Provide feedback to U.S. government decision makers


Unique Value Provided by TROPEC

For Whole of Government

  • Integration with USPACOM exercises and operations OCONUS
  • Warfighter and technical feedback
  • Tropical environment utility focus
  • Joint environment
  • DOD and DOE expertise
  • Assessment and solution-search platform available to decision makers

For Developers

  • Technical and operational feedback for improvement from DOD and DOE
  • Facilitated introduction to DOD and transition agents
  • Feedback to help improve solutions
  • Independent, government assessment
  • No cost for innovators to participate