Our US military uses renewable energy to save money and resources. They have the manpower to research, purchase, and build eco-technology. Renewable energy would also help when they are on assignment in locations where fuel is scarce. Here are some of the technologies our military is using:
Powerfilm solar tent covers. They are able to generate solar power by covering their tent with a “thin amorphous silicon technology.”
Aviation Biofuel. The Defense Department is looking for ways to reduce the military’s reliance on oil to power jets, ground vehicles, and ships, so it is turning to biofuels as a possible source of energy.
Micro fuel cells. MTI builds fuel cells the size of a phone book, which is a portable source of energy for our servicemen and women. These fuel cells utilize methanol, which is not as flammable as gasoline.
“Efficient in-the-field solar cells.” Instead of transporting batteries to soldiers in the field, which is costly and dangerous, soldiers can use solar cells to generate the power they need.
Ground Combat Hybrid. That is, hybrid tanks. BAE Systems designed these hybrid tanks, which have been tested and are planned for production in 2008 as part of the Army’s Future Combat Systems.
Soldier Solar. United Solar Ovonic is working on a solar pack that can be worn by soldiers to generate solar power to be used in powering field generators and vehicles.
Hybrid Aggressor. “The Aggressor [is] a high-performance, off-road Alternative Mobility Vehicle (AMV) for military ground exploration and scouting missions.” The Army had been exploring fuel cell technology, but has decided to go with diesel-electric hybrid power for the Aggressor.