Dave Robau


Presentation Title

Waste-to-Energy's Role in Energy Security

Dave Robau, Founder and CEO, National Energy USA


The Department of Defense is the world's largest user of energy. Currently, military planners are interested in diversifying the energy/fuel portfolio and looking at cleaner forms of energy to meet baseload power demands at military installations around the world. Over the last 10 years, the military has deployed and tested various technologies to process waste and generate power. This session will provide an overview of these technologies and highlight the military's interest to use waste-to-energy in a microgrid application to achieve energy security and base resilience. Waste-to-energy will play a critical role in helping installations reduce operational costs and achieve its sustainability goals.


Dave Robau is one of the solid waste industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists. He is the CEO and Chief Scientist of National Energy USA, an environmental engineering firm dedicated to bringing emerging and innovative energy technologies into the commercial market. He has 18 years of professional work experience in civil and environmental engineering, predominately with the U.S. Department of Defense. As an Environmental Scientist with the U.S. Air Force, he led a team of engineers and scientists to develop a first-of-its kind plasma gasification advanced waste-to-energy plant on a military installation in Florida.     His research has led to ground-breaking innovations in renewable energy microgrids, advanced waste-to-energy, and algae-to-fuels conversion. As a Subject Matter Expert in the field of energy and sustainability, he is invited to speak at technical conferences around the world. His research often appears in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, as well as peer-reviewed scientific journals.    In 2011, Mr. Robau received a White House Award as President Obama’s “Champions of Change” for his dedication to sustainability and environmental stewardship. He was honored at a White House ceremony chaired by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.