Report: U.S. Military to Rely on Electric Vehicles

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new report, “Alternative Drive Vehicles for Military Applications,” the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is expected to increase its purchases of electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in the next few years. The move is part of the military’s efforts to operate vehicles that do not run on fossil fuels. According …

Alternative Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Microgrid, military, Research

Solar Helps to Lighten the Load

Joanna Schroeder

According to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) a recent field test that entailed Marines wearing a solar-powered system to extend the battery life of crucial electronic devices was successful. The exercise took place at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. The Marine Austere Patrolling System (MAPS) combines solar power and an individual water purifier to help lighten the …

military, Renewable Energy, Solar

Consumer Funding Opportunity for Military Solar Project

Joanna Schroeder

Mosaic is offering an opportunity for consumers to invest in a U.S. military solar project. Accredited Investors throughout the country, along with non-accredited investors in California, can put their dollars to work by investing in the addition of solar panels on military housing. Mosaic is offering investments in a 12.3 Megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) energy installation across 547 homes at …

Alternative energy, Electricity, military, Solar

Army Awards Last MATOC Contracts

Joanna Schroeder

The Army has awarded the last of the Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) to geothermal technology company New Generation Power Inc. based in Chicago, Illinois. This contract award adds New Generation Power Inc., a small business, to the pool of five other qualified contractors who will be eligible to bid on future individual geothermal technology project task orders. “Today …

Alternative energy, Geothermal, military

Navy Increases Support for Energy Excelerator

Joanna Schroeder

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has announced it will increase its support for Energy Excelerator, a Hawaii-based program that funds development of new and innovative energy ideas. The program, part of ONR’s Asia-Pacific Technology and Education Program (APTEP), is an effort to discover groundbreaking energy technologies, and supports startup companies in bringing those technologies to the market. ONR is …

Alternative energy, military, Renewable Energy

Army Awards Wind Technologies Under MATOC

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), has awarded its third round of funding as part of the Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) to a 17 wind technology contractors. The contractors qualified through this process will be able to compete for future wind renewable energy task …

Alternative energy, Electricity, military, Wind

Army Awards Solar Contracts

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), awarded Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) to a group of 22 solar technology contractors. Solar is the second of four technologies being awarded under the $7 billion Renewable and Alternative Energy Power Production for DoD Installations MATOC. The …

Electricity, military, Renewable Energy, Solar

New Fuel Cell Technology Cuts Fuel Use

Joanna Schroeder

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently demonstrated some of its new technology for tactical generators designed to cut fuel use nearly in half compared to diesel system currently powering forward-operating bases. According to a post on the Navy’s website, the Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Tactical Electrical Power Unit’s goal is to reduce the need to transport fuel around the battlefield, …

Alternative energy, Hydrogen, military

SolarStrong To Aid Oahu-Stationed Military

Joanna Schroeder

SolarCity has announced plans to add 12.8 megawatts of new solar generation capacity to provide solar power to an estimated 7,500 military homes at Lend Lease-managed Island Palm Communities throughout the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Military communities include Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield, Aliamanu Military Reservation, Helemano Military Reservation and Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawai’i. The projects …

Electricity, Energy, military, Solar

Gevo Supplies Coast Guard with Isobutanol

Joanna Schroeder

Gevo, Inc. has begun supplying the U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center with initial quantities of finished 16.1% renewable isobutanol-blended gasoline for engine testing. The U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center is using the Gevo-blended fuel as part of a 12-month, long-term operational study on marine engines that began during June. The testing is being performed under a Cooperative Research and Development …

advance biofuels, biobutanol, military