A strategic framework for exploring alternative energy options in DND/CF


  1. Neill, D.A.
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Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
This study offers a strategic framework for the investigation of alternative energy sources by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces. To this end, it consists of three chapters. An examination of the energy consumption patterns of DND/CF reveals that DND could derive the greatest benefits (in terms of reducing costs, reliance on fossil fuels, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions) by identifying and implementing non-fossil fuel, non-emitting alternative energy options to heat buildings, generate electricity, and provide motive power to naval vessels and aircraft. It assesses that the most promising technological options in these areas are geothermal heating and cooling for infrastructure; packaged nuclear reactors for electrical generation; and nuclear power for naval vessels. As there are no non-emitting, non-fossil-fuel alternatives to aviation fuel available at present, this would be a fruitful area for pure research. This study proposes a strategic framework for the investigation and assessment of alternative energy sources by DND/CF, consisting of a series of strategic principles, strategic priorities, strategic factors for consideration in developing any alternative energy program, and a number of caveats, and cautions that the cost and timelines involved in implementing significant technological changes across the entire Defence establishment require a robust, durable strategic rationale and careful, deliberate action by leaders and managers. The

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Climate change;Global warming;Energy sources;Renewable energy sources;Solar power generation;Wind power generation;Alternative energy;Energy consumption;Geothermal energy;Carbon footprint;Energy security;Greenhouse gas;Biofuel;Energy Strategy
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2009-010 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Mar 2009
Number of Pages
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