Sunday, 15 April 2012

A Green Battlefield for US Armed Forces

Building on previous efforts to adopt energy efficient technologies for the armed forces, the current administration set a goal to build "...three gigawatts of solar, wind, and geothermal power capacity on U.S. military installations by 2025" the majority of which would be US installations.
The announcement isn't totally driven by a desire to be "green," but by the logistically positive outcomes that it provides for the Armed Forces when considering the effects that power disruptions can have on a mission. Additionally, the transportation and protection of fuel have always been high risk operations leading to many casualties on the ground.

Other efforts by the administration to move towards a greener armed forces included solar backpack adoption in 2010 for grounds troops in Afghanistan. The announcement earlier in the week also included a 30 Billion dollar research competition by the Energy Department for improving battery storage.

-Image provided by CleanTechnica

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