Our objective is to convene an industry-funded solar hot water (SHW) specialists group, that partners with DoD stakeholders, to initiate and reengineer best practices for global implementation of SHW systems on DoD CONUS and OCONUS facilities.
Initially we have identified four SHW imperatives: technology, monitoring, financing and internal marketing.
Predicated on the level of DoD support, we propose to establish a detailed accounting of performance, costs and financing of existing SHW facility installations in order to produce a significantly more detailed SHW DoD business process reengineering. Phase II would therefore include a substantially more structured and comprehensive review of current specifications, and offer actionable parameters.
Phase II would expand the list participants to an industry-wide level.
The initial phase will examine (and the second phase will expand) technical guidelines, monitoring options, financial structures and internal buy-in recommendations.
For examining finance options, the working group will include 3rd party finance specialists and procurement experts within the industry as well as the DoD to establish workable contract strategies.
Technical guidance will come from engineering, construction and manufacturing industry experts, along with DoD stakeholders to provide guidance on specification, equipment selection and contractor and designer qualifications.
Monitoring and reporting will be guided by DoD – both security and contract specialists – along with industry authorities to establish direction for SWH energy data performance reporting.
Internal marketing, intended to create buy-in at the facility level, will include stakeholders from the technical, finance and monitoring groups. Eneref Institute’s expertise and experience in promoting solar heating and cooling nationwide will be integral to the DoD internal marketing strategy.
Eneref Institute already leads an industry-wide initiative, entitled Solar Thermal Advantage, which is designed to increase adaption of solar heating and cooling in residential and commercial facilities. The Solar Thermal Advantage effort presents detailed case studies of installations of solar hot water, industrial solar process heating and solar space heating and cooling.
Currently Eneref Institute’s Solar Thermal Advantage initiative includes a wide swath of the solar thermal industry, including all major solar thermal manufactures as well as the Solar Energy Industry Association, and various other industry participants.
In coordination with DoD, Seth Warren Rose, Eneref Institute founder, will lead the effort to bring industry stakeholders to the table. Beyond the participants from the DoD and solar thermal industry, contributors will be drawn from other government agencies, including the DOE and EPA.
Initially, Eneref Institute seeks the endorsement of OSD I&E to implement the industry-funded Phase I of the DoD SHW initiative. Once approved, Eneref Institute seeks to work directly with OSD I&E to (1) establish scheduling and (2) establishing multiagency stakeholders. Independently Eneref will identify and solicit private industry stakeholders.
The DoD domestic hot water (DHW) usage is approximately 50 to 100 MGD, including showers, food service, hospital, equipment maintenance. Solar hot water could meet 30-50% of the requirement (e.g., about 35 MGD). We estimate that 25,000 KSF of collectors would be needed to meet the 35 MGD demand. 5,000 KSF/year are needed to meet EO requirements in 5 years.
The solar heating and cooling industry currently ships approximately 1,000 KCF of collectors per year. By Eneref Institute’s estimate the industry as a whole is operating at only 25% capacity. The increased requirements by the DoD would substantially reduce production costs across the industry, perhaps by as much as 50%, while improving industry-wide product quality and innovation.