Dr. Susanne Michaelis
Future Forces Forum Future Forces Exhibition 2016 Logistics Capability Workshop (LCWS) 2016
Officer (Smart Energy and Environment) Energy Security Section, Emerging Security Challenges Division (ESCD)
NATO Smart Energy – From a Concept to a Standard
Since “Capable Logistician 2013” (CL13) that took place in Slovakia, Smart Energy Multinational Integrated Logistics Unit (MILU) has become a major feature of the “Capable Logistician 2015” (CL15) exercise that took place in Hungary in June last year. Interoperability of the Smart Energy equipment that was contributed by 14 companies, the German Bundeswehr and the U.S. Army was tested and assessed in demonstrations and scenarios. Furthermore, Smart Energy delivered real life support. Not everything went smoothly, especially when Smart Energy micro grids tried to integrate old power equipment and high energy consumers. But this was the purpose of the exercise: to identify gaps in materiel and operational standards. Following the observations and recommendations resulting from the exercise, NATO is now starting the process of standardization for power production and micro grids.
Dr. Susanne Michaelis, born in Germany, studied molecular biology and obtained her PhD in human genetics. Following completion of her research she joined the European Commission in 1995 as manager of one of the life science topics. In 1996, Susanne took up a position at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, where she has worked for NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme, Public Diplomacy and Emerging Security Challenges. In her current role, Susanne has been instrumental in bringing together an extensive stakeholder network to advance energy efficiency in the military. The initiative combines research & development, awareness raising and policy making and became known as the ‘NATO Smart Energy Initiative’. One of Susanne’s most recent major achievements was the implementation of a Smart Energy unit in the exercise “Capable Logistician 2015” that took place in Hungary in June 2015. Fourteen private companies, the German Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) and the US Department of Defence (US Army) contributed more than 50 pieces of Smart Energy equipment, as well as expertise, responding to scenarios such as generator breakdown, main power cut and water pollution. News stories, videos, and updates on NATO Smart Energy are available at www.natolibguides.info/smartenergy.