For the U.S. Department of Defense, energy efficiency means saving lives as well as dollars. Fewer trips by fuel trucks in hostile territory mean fewer troops in danger. So the new Advanced Medium Mobile Power Sources (AMMPS) military generators from Cummins Power Generation, which are 21% more fuel-efficient than their predecessors, were well received at the recent Pentagon Energy Security Event.
The event, for Defense Department employees and their guests, was held October 2–4 in the Pentagon’s inner courtyard. Steve Iverson and Doreen Swanson represented Cummins Power Generation and had a 30 kW AMMPS unit on display. The AMMPS models range from 5–60 kW.
Members of the Pentagon’s Operation Energy Team stopped by the booth. They were impressed not only with the improved fuel economy but also with the digital controls and the quieter operation of the AMMPS generators compared with the previous military generators.
The event coincided with one of a series of presentations on energy security given by the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment and the U.S. Air Force. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was among the attendees at the event.
Cummins Power Generation won the government contract to design the AMMPS generators and later received the order to proceed with full production. Some 1600 AMMPS units are being deployed by the U.S. Army to Afghanistan this year and next.