Waste-Powered Microgrids for Energy Resiliency


The Department of Defense is the world's largest user of energy. Military planners are interested in diversifying the energy/fuel portfolio to improve resiliency, while also investigating cleaner forms of energy with the ability to meet baseload power demands at installations around the world. Over the last 10 years, the military has deployed and tested various technologies to process waste and generate power. A proven solution that can efficiently process military waste, while also generating clean, renewable energy could dramatically change the way the military handles solid waste. This new paradigm shift would eliminate an environmental liability and create a clean source of renewable power. In addition to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by diverting waste from area landfills, a waste-powered microgrid can substantially reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and create a more sustainable and resilient installation.    

By leveraging proven technologies, the Department of Defense can achieve energy security and base resilience, while enhancing the quality of the environment. This presentation will provide an overview of waste conversion technologies used by various Services and highlight the military's interest in utilizing waste as a resource to generate power in a microgrid application.


Dave Robau
CEO & Chief Scientist
National Energy USA

Dave Robau is one of the energy industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists. As an advocate for resource conservation and sustainable forms of energy, Dave has extensive experience at all levels of business and government. In 2011, he worked in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense and represented the U.S. Air Force on an Energy Roundtable to foster a dialogue and develop research collaboration between public and private sectors experts.

As a Scientist, his expertise has been sought out by various organizations as diverse as Fortune 100 companies, leading universities, energy service companies, utilities, non-profit organizations, and the U.S. military. Dave’s research has led to ground-breaking innovations in renewable energy, electric vehicle transportation, inductive battery charging, advanced plasma gasification, and fuel conversion processes. These innovations have also led to disruptive technologies in other applications in power generation technologies that have helped to advance the industry. As a Subject Matter Expert in the field of energy and sustainability, he is invited to speak at technical conferences around the world. His research often appears in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and other media outlets.