The following blog is the first in a series on Military Sealift Command’s Energy Conservation program (ENCON), written by the MSC ENCON team.
MSC’s ENCON program implements energy conservation initiatives that will save fuel and energy on board the command’s Navy ships. The MSC ENCON team oversees the procurement and installation of upgrades or new systems and the modification of shipboard operational processes to reduce energy and fuel consumption. ENCON efforts began in 2009, although the team recently reorganized as a new branch within the MSC Headquarters Technical Division.
Led by Sonjae Whang, who previously managed research and development projects for the team, the program now comprises five pillars: Technology Development and Implementation, Operational Improvements, Energy Use Tracking and Reporting, Policy Guidance and Development, and Training and Incentive Program. This reorganization better integrates the research and development efforts of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division with MSC’s ENCON transition efforts.
“In our new organization, I have insight into both the R&D side and the implementation side of ENCON. This makes transitioning the energy initiatives more efficient, which is important because of our team’s limited size,” said Whang.
Many of the energy initiatives in development and on MSC ships were sourced through Energy Conservation Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) issued by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division in March 2009, November 2010 and December 2012. The current BAA seeks innovative concepts from industry and academia to enable energy conservation and carbon footprint reduction on U.S. Navy ships, and will be open for two years. Part of the Technology Development and Implementation pillar, primary focus is on concepts with the potential for rapid transition to fleet operations. For more information, please visit FedBizOps (search for N0016713BAA01) or NAVSEA.