Experimental Forward Operating Base
United States Marine Corps
In 2010, the USMC established ExFOB to implement the Marine Corps’ goal to go ashore anywhere in the world carrying only mobility fuel by 2025. ExFOB takes on the challenges of reducing fuel consumption, generating more power from renewable sources, lightening the load for Marines, and having more energy efficient installations and facilities.
ZeroBase demonstrated the H-Series in 2010 and was selected to have equipment purchased for ExFOB and deployed first to Morocco for African Lion, then to Afghanistan in July of 2010.
The H-Series was used to provide silent power at night, allowing the Marines to hear movement outside the compound. H-Series was able to power the Patrol Base for seven hours every evening and charge during the day from solar and a 5kW generator. The ExFOB report concluded that the ZeroBase’s system provides a direct reduction in the Patrol Base’s fossil fuel requirement.
ZeroBase was one of fourteen companies invited to demonstrate our latest hybrid power systems at Twentynine Palms in May of 2013. Two systems were tested against power requirements provided by USMC; MEHPS Light and MEHPS Medium. Data collected by USMC showed the FORGE reducing MEHPS Light fuel consumption by 65% and generator run time by 70% and T-Series reducing MEHPS Medium fuel consumption by 38% and generator run time by 60%.
Above: Test results from ExFOB of FORGE and T-Series powering MEHPS loads in 2013. ZeroBase demonstrated at ExFOB that many of USMC’s stated requirements for hybrid power can be met today using available, validated products.
ZEROBASE HYBRID AND RENEWABLE POWER PRODUCTS GREATLY REDUCE OR ELIMINATE THE COST AND RISK OF FOSSIL FUEL DEPENDENCE.
ZeroBase is the leading innovator in renewable and hybrid distributed power products. ZeroBase specializes in rugged off-grid systems that deliver power to some of the most remote locations on the planet for government and commercial customers as well as for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Intelligence agencies. ZeroBase responded to the USMC’s 2010 RFI for solar power systems.