Meals on Wheels: Containerized Kitchens Feed US Troops on the Move
Global Strategies Group North America in Frederick, MD received an $18.7 million firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract (W911QY-05-D-0004) for 103 containerized kitchens and spares.
The containized kitchen is a US Army deployable food preparation container that is able to prepare and serve a minimum of 800 meals up to 3 times per day. The container can be expanded to 8 feet by 8 feet by 20 feet and is mounted on a tactical trailer.
The kitchen is powered by thermal fluid/ cogeneration technology…
Cogeneration [pdf] is a single process that provides two forms of energy. The small quiet cogenerator can replace the 9 burner units and the 10kW generator used in the containerized kitchen. The cogenerator provides the heat and electric power for high-capacity commercial appliances that have been modified by replacing the electric heating elements with finned tube heat exchangers.
One solution uses an oil burner to heat water to high temperature and pressure that is circulated in a closed loop, first through the griddle and ovens, and then injected in a scroll expander that drives a generator to produce 2kW of electric power. After the high pressure hot water changes to steam in the expander, it is condensed to low pressure water in jacketed kettles, a water heater, sinks, and a gray water still.
Global Strategies will manufacture the containerized kitchens at its facility in Fredrick, MD, with an estimated completion date of Oct 31/12. The US Army Research, Development & Engineering Command Contracting Center, Natick Contracting Division in Natick, MA manages the contract.