By Darrell E. Waller, Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center Public Affairs
PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC) shipped a Super Energy Efficient Containerized Living Unit (SuperCLU) to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, April 30.
SuperCLU is an advanced portable shelter designed to be configured as needed to support a wide variety of field operations. This unit will be part of the annual Transformative Reductions in Operational Energy Consumption (TROPEC) exercise coordinated by the Navy, Army and Air Force.
"The SuperCLU and the advanced technology it utilizes are vital to providing direct support to our warfighters in all theaters and climate conditions worldwide," said NAVFAC EXWC Commanding Officer Capt. Mark K. Edelson. "During this deployment, the unit will be field tested under tropical conditions, achieving energy savings to the fleet while providing basic shelter and mobile command facilities to our armed forces."
The unit was originally designed to support energy and sustainability work at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, and modified environmental control units within existing CLUs were a significant part of that effort.
SuperCLUs save thousands in energy usage, increase living space and privacy for individuals, reduce noise and allow more personnel to be comfortably housed in a given unit than current CLU configurations.
The deployed unit will be utilized as a control center and tested for long term interior climate control and energy efficiency in hot, humid locations. It will be outfitted with a meter to record interior conditions (temperature, relative humidity and carbon dioxide) and a second meter to record total energy used.
The joint services will test a variety of shelters, lighting and environmental control units for improved energy efficiency during the exercise, which begins in April and runs through August 2014.
NAVFAC EXWC is the Navy's premier activity for facilities and expeditionary technology solutions, engineering services, equipment logistics and products needed to equip the fleet and meet warfighter requirements. EXWC also delivers specialized engineering and technology solutions that support sustainable facilities and provides logistics and expeditionary systems support for Navy combat force capabilities.