Posted 02 January 2012 - 05:07 AM
Some of the solutions are incredibly simple: silvery tent liners that increase the efficiency of heaters
or air conditioners.
More novel are the portable solar-panel blankets, able to power communications gear for a patrol.
That means carrying far fewer heavy batteries. There's also a small shipping container connected to a bank of solar panels that is powering flat screens and surveillance equipment.
This (last) fall, the Navy purchased half a million gallons of fuel made from algae
or used cooking oil.
In the spring, a huge exercise in the Pacific Rim intends to demonstrate that it works just as well as petroleum-based fuel.
Major environmental groups have reacted positively.
And developers of biofuels and solar panels say having the Pentagon; the world's largest
consumer of fossil fuel; trying to go green is providing a shot in the arm to their industry."
"From experimental solar-powered desert bases for the Marines to Navy robots that run on
wave energy, the military is quickly becoming a leading buyer of cutting-edge renewable energy technology.
For renewable energy companies, the military is proving to be a vital customer, buying the latest in
clean energy gadgets and encouraging private investment. The hope is the armed services can shepherd this technology to the point where it becomes commercially viable, much like it did a generation ago for GPS systems or the Internet.
Last year, the Marines bought solar panels that roll up like beach mats and can be stuffed into backpacks. During tests in Afghanistan, the mats were instrumental in reducing the number of batteries the Marines had to carry to run radios or laptops.
This year the Marines are looking to buy larger, trailer-mounted solar panels that use advanced materials to generate twice the power of conventional silicon-based panels and can power an entire base. They are also testing fuel efficiency devices for their tactical vehicles.
Ultimately, they hope to cut their fuel consumption 50% by 2025.
They Navy is also experimenting with wave and tidal power devices, as well as using advanced biofuel to power its boats. The Air Force has long used biofuels as part of its fuel mix in planes, including second-generation fuels from algae and other plants that people don't eat."
Posted 02 January 2012 - 08:15 AM
Good to know that different sectors/groups in the government chooses to be green on choosing more earth friendly energy sources. Shifting to alternative green energy sources was a good move and action from them to battle against further destruction of our environment.
Posted 02 January 2012 - 10:27 AM
Posted 02 January 2012 - 02:50 PM
It's logistics and safety for the troops and the eco thing is a side benefit.
But it's saving tons of emissions and dollars; and getting oil from folks that don't like us much.
But, as also stated in those pieces, when it's "field tested" under extreme circumstances like that in
a war zone, investors snap to and say- "you bet, order more."
How many people have some sort of gps tracking system now in their cars, phones, etc?
They "get 'er done" and it goes mainstream.
Now, they need to bring all those technologies home, and apply them to the bases here and not
use them in a war, because there will be no more wars................but that's another topic. *sigh
Posted 02 January 2012 - 06:40 PM
Posted 04 January 2012 - 01:45 PM
embraced greener technologies..........
along come those idiots on the hill, and make it harder for the military to get "LEED" certifications
on their buildings.
"As noted by the Federal Times, a section of the law states,
"No funds authorized to be appropriated by this Act or otherwise made available for the Department of Defense
for fiscal year 2012 may be obligated or expended for achieving any LEED gold or platinum certification."
Posted 22 January 2012 - 03:44 AM
The Department of Defense's Office of Installations and the Environment found 25,000 acres on military bases stretching from California to Nevada were "suitable" for solar development and could hold the key to decreasing the $4 billion per year
that the DOD spends on energy.
The study, conducted by ICF International Inc., also indicated the federal government could earn as much as $100 million per year, in either revenue or through reduced energy costs by leasing out the land to solar developers."
Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:52 PM
one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2020.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a statement that one gigawatt is enough to power about 250,000 homes.
The Navy will reach its goal by using a variety of alternative financing techniques, including:
• Energy savings performance contracts, where a company pays the upfront investment for energy-efficiency renovations and retrofits in exchange for payments from energy savings over time.
• Enhanced-use leases, where a company gets to develop government land with renewable energy or other projects in
exchange for payment or in-kind services such as reduced-rate energy.
• Power purchase agreements, in which a power company constructs an energy system in exchange for fixed payments over a certain number of years.
The service expects to have 100 megawatts of solar power, six megawatts of wind power
and 270 megawatts of geothermal power by the end of 2012."
Posted 26 January 2012 - 09:03 PM
Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:22 AM
It helps protect soldiers in the field, and the top brass see the money savings too.
What's that Sea-bee saying? "There's no such word as can't."
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