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Capable Logistician 2019: Smart Energy - Assessing the Power of Interoperability

Capable Logistician 2019 (CL19) is the third of its kind aiming to assess NATO standards and test interoperability. It takes place 3-13 June at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in the Northwest of PolandSmart Energy is one of 12 logistic units interacting together during CL19. More information about Smart Energy in CL19 see below.

CL exercises and related events are organised by the Multinational Logistics Coordination Centre (MLCC) located in Prague, a supporter of NATO’s Smart Energy initiative. (


This image shows the "Smart Energy Icon Tree" with 14 icons that represent different technologies The "Smart Energy Icon Tree" contains 14 icons, each representing different SE technologies.

The over 1000 soldiers, officers and civilian military experts, as well as distinguished visitors and journalists, who are joining the exercise CL19, can play with us the "Smart Energy Treasure Hunt". Instructions see flyer (pdf) above.

During CL19 (3-13 June), you can find Smart Energy Treasures (real SE equipment) that match most the following SE icons and more:

  Energy monitoring kit for measuring and logging key energy flows in a camp

   Diesel generator transforming diesel energy into electricity, run efficiently with a micro grid controller

  Micro grid controller to automatically power-on and shut-down generators depending on the energy (electricity) required in the camp

  Rechargeable batteries for storing energy for optimal use of diesel generators and renewable energy sources

  Flexible photovoltaic (PV) panel mounted on the roof of insulated tents, transforming sun energy into electricity

  Wind turbine power transforming wind energy into electricity, stored in a rechargeable battery

   Insulated tent with efficient AC based on heat exchange

  Heat exchanger for energy efficient cooling and heating

   Insulated tent with LED light for energy efficient lights

  Atmospheric water production extracting water from the ambient air by condensation, based on heat exchange

   PV power on a trailer for mobile power 

  PV powered LED lights for mobile and autonomous outdoor use

  PV powered water purification based on energy-efficient micro filtration

  Soldier power to reduce the battery burden of the dismounted soldier

Hybrid power generation is a mix of power sources, e.g. diesel generator and renewable technologies, often connected to an energy storage device, e.g. battery. Hybrid power generation reduces the diesel consumption in a camp by 50-80%.

Capable Logistician 2015: NATO Smart Energy Post Exercise Workshop - 3 March 2016

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Mar 03, 2016:
The NATO Smart Energy Post Exercise Workshop that took place at NATO HQ (Brussels) on 3 March 2016, brought together over 100 experts from inside and outside NATO. The aim was to provide an opportunity for Smart Energy Players of the exercise "Capable Logistician 2015", as well as other interested experts, companies and NGOs, to update each other and promote energy efficiency practices among NATO experts. The next steps towards micro grid standards, Smart Energy in future exercises and a NATO Smart Defence project on energy efficiency were discussed. Participants in the workshop included Allied Command Transformation (ACT), Allied Command Operations (ACO), NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (ENSEC COE) and many more NATO stakeholders.

Capable Logistician 2015: Smart Energy - A fully integrated logistics unit

The next milestone on the roadmap towards energy savings in the military was to implement fully functional Smart Energy solutions in the exercise “Capable Logistician 2015” (CL15). 

During CL15, 14 private companies, the Bundeswehr (BAAINWg) and the U.S. Army contributed over 50 pieces of equipment and highly trained personnel to provide Smart Energy production, storage, distribution and consumption, as well as portable and wearable soldier power solutions. The Smart Energy equipment was connected to and interacted with other CL15 logistic units, for example the Military Police, the Bulk Fuel Installation, the medical unit and NATO owned tents installed by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). The aim was to effectively reduce the fuel consumption and the soldier’s battery burden.

Furthermore, the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme supported a workshop with public sector experts from defence agencies and universities to observe interoperability (how equipment will connect within a Smart Energy micro grids, as well as in connection with other logistics units). The experts discuss what they observed, concluded and made recommendations for improving NATO standards to ensure a smooth integration of Smart Energy solutions in land operations.

Videos and news from CL15 have be uploaded on the LibGuide in the "Videos" tab.

Capable Logistician 2013: Smart Energy - A small start