Maritime Energy Pavilion will energize Sea-Air-Space Expo

Maritime Energy Pavilion will energize Sea-Air-Space Expo


By Edward Lundquist

One of the biggest naval and maritime events of the year is the annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition, hosted by the Navy League of the United States.  This year, the expo will be held April 11-13, 2011 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Md.  A new feature this year will be a Maritime Energy Pavilion where the Office of Naval Research will be joined by numerous companies highlighting the latest technological advances in the fields of alternative fuels and power systems, as well as ways to reduce energy consumption.

“Strategically, way too much of our power as a military and as a nation comes from fossil fuels obtained from potentially volatile places around the world,” says Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.


Mabus has led efforts within the Navy Department to reduce the Department of the Navy’s reliance on fossil fuels.


Changing the way the U.S. Navy produces and uses energy is a strategic and tactical necessity, Mabus says.  “We would never allow those places to have a say in how we build our ships or our aircrafts, but by allowing our dependence on fossil fuels to continue, we are tacitly giving these very same places a say in order that our ships can sail or those airplanes can fly.”


ONR continues to invest in advanced technologies to boost platform power for improved warfighter capability and to increase energy efficiency to enhance platform endurance and reduce warfighter dependence on fossil fuels.


“Our S&T focus is on technologies and system architectures that increase both power density and energy efficiency,” says Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Nevin P. Carr, Jr.


“These efforts directly support the Navy’s energy strategy and SECNAV’s energy goals of sailing a Green Fleet in 2016 and increasing Department of the Navy (DoN) energy consumption from alternative sources,” Carr said.


On the ground, ONR has developed technology that allows Marines to use solar energy to help power their field equipment at forward operating bases.  The Ground Renewable Expeditionary ENergy System (GREENS) is a 300-watt, photovoltaic/battery system that provides continuous power to Marines in the field.


At sea, the Navy is examining a variety of technologies, such as drag-reducing stern flaps for warships, anti-fouling hull coatings, and low-risk engine modifications, taken together, will add up to significant efficiency gains. 

Sea-Air-Space is open at no charge to active duty, reserve and retired U.S. military personnel, U.S. government employees, members of Congress and their staffs, invited guests of the Navy League, representatives of exhibiting companies, representatives of foreign embassies, and Navy League members. It is not open to the general public.

The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 and is a civilian organization with more than 50,000 members dedicated to educating American citizens and elected officials about the importance of sea power to U.S national security and supporting the men and women of the sea services and their families.

Visit the Sea-Air-Space website at





Here are some of the energy-related presentations at Sea-Air-Space 2011:

Monday, April 11

11:25am - 11:55am

Maritime Energy Pavilion Floor Speaker
Maritime Energy Theater Booth #213
Rear Admiral David W. Titley, USN
Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy


Professional Development Seminar:

Tuesday, April 12

10:00am - 11:15am
"Energy Opportunities: Creating Corporate Partnerships with the Sea Services"
Potomac Ballroom C


Mr. Thomas W. Hicks, USN
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy)

Vice Admiral Michael C. Vitale, USN
Commander, Navy Installations Command

Rear Admiral Philip H. Cullom, USN
Director, Environmental Readiness Division, N45

Mr. Jeffrey G. Orner, USCG
Deputy Assistant Commandant for Engineering & Logistics

Mr. Joseph A. Byrne, U.S. Maritime Administration
Associate Administrator for Environment and Compliance


Dr. Larry C. Skogen, Bismarck State College


Tuesday, April 12

11:25am - 11:55am

Maritime Energy Pavilion Floor Speaker - Invited
Maritime Energy Theater Booth #213
Rear Admiral David M. Boone, USN
Director, Shore Readiness Division



Comments (1) -

Can you provide a floor plan for exhibitors

Dannie Hudson |     4/1/2011 3:50:05 PM #

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