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Installation of Hybrid Hydraulic Energy Recovery System Begins
April 8, 2011

According to information made available from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), installation of an innovative hybrid hydraulic energy recovery system recently tested by the Navy started April 1st by the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

This installation will prepare both the Army and Navy for a second round of tests in June to determine the potential energy savings of the hybrid hydraulic energy recovery system that may be used by Amphibious and Expeditionary Forces worldwide.

The initial testing, which successfully concluded on March 10th, involved a hydraulically driven backhoe excavator. Data collected in this phase will be used as a baseline to evaluate a new hybrid hydraulic energy recovery system. Navy and Army engineers believe test results will show a notable reduction in fuel consumption and lower overall operating costs.

“The testing completed and the testing that remains before us has one overarching goal: providing our warfighters with the best, most modern equipment available,” said Naval Facilities Engineering Command Engineering Service Center (NAVFAC ESC) Commanding Officer, Capt. Paz B. Gomez.

“We are committed to achieving the SECNAV’s and the Navy Task Force Energy-Expeditionary goals of reducing deployed fuel consumption and increasing fuel efficiency by 15 percent by the year 2020. We believe this technology moves us closer to those goals,” said Gomez.

The project is the result of a request by TARDEC to use facilities at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme, which offers a consistent climate that is favorable to the testing. The effort was supported by elements from the NAVFAC ESC, First Naval Construction Division (1NCD), the 31st Seabee Readiness Group (SRG), and private industry.

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