Science and Technology

The Navy and Marine Corps rely on readily available, reliable sources of energy to perform a variety of missions, but the vulnerability of energy supplies could jeopardize naval forces’ ability to support forces afloat and ashore.

Energy is a matter of national security. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has outlined ambitious energy targets that would cut petroleum use in the Navy’s commercial vehicle fleet by half by 2015, and transition shore-based energy requirements to renewable power sources, such as solar, wind and hydropower.

Supporting SECNAV’s energy goals, the Department of the Navy is pursuing science and technology investments in alternative fuel sources, energy distribution and control, energy storage, and power generation and loads – all with an eye toward environmental stewardship.