Corrosion prevention and control for equipment assets continues to be an increasingly costly and decreasingly effective activity for the Air Force, especially under current expanded deployment scenarios to austere locations. The operating and/or storage environments call for innovative corrosion mitigation practices that employ proven effective methods, such as controlled humidity storage, with autonomous power production to enable equipment storage where previously not possible. One such concept is a modular shelter, powered with mobile generators using integrated conventional and renewable energy sources to reduce operational costs. The Air Force Corrosion Prevention and Control Office is currently developing, testing, and characterizing a prototype modular, retractable, mobile, alternatively-powered, dehumidification shelter system. The shelter system provides for a controlled dehumidified air volume and draws power off a primary mobile solar generator augmented by a portable diesel-fueled back up unit.
This effort goes hand-in-hand with transitioning effective “Green” technologies into high energy consumption processes, such as dehumidification. The concept is also in line with meeting the goals and objectives to obtain 25% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025 (National Defense Authorization Act 2007), and to reduce installation energy usage by 30% by 2015 (Executive Order 13423).
Key words: Green, Shelter, Storage, Equipment, Dehumidification, Corrosion Prevention, Corrosion Control, Renewable Energy