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12/29/2012

Military solar power use is up

Morehouse, Sheets, Hulme, and Schroeder 5/8 (Thomas, David, Karen, Christopher): Strategic Studies Institute of
the US Army War College (SSI) )5/8 http://www.isn.ethz.ch/pubs/ph/details.cfm?v21=108732&lng=en&id=56036

First, I want to talk about solar technology. It has great potential for both a garrison and field
environment. It is secure and reliable. It is also flexible to a wide range of loads.
You can use solar
batteries in your watch. At the same time, there is a 15 megawatt solar system being designed at Nellis Air
Force Base on a 120 acre site near Las Vegas, Nevada
. Solar systems are environmentally sustainable.
There is no waste. You can connect with a grid
. You can actually use solar panels in a place like Yuma
Proving Ground, Arizona, where you may be 100 miles from a source of energy and be self-sustainable. If
you hook them up to a wind unit, which works better at night, you can work the lights at all times. Anywhere
in the United States can benefit from solar power
, even typically cloudy, rainy environments such as Ft.
Lewis. For example, Germany has more solar panels than the United States, and their latitude is about even
with Canada, so they get less sun intensity. Therefore, there is no real reason for us not to be able to do
more. This technology is being used by the Army
. At Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, 5,000 homes will be
powered by the sun. Instead of using the expensive crystalline solar panels, they will use the less efficient,
but cheaper amorphous kind. They are going to roll these solar panels down the roofs. And they are going to
generate about six megawatts of solar energy. Solar power is also being used in the field. A portable 308
container sized unit, which has a little wind turbo, is on display up in Arlington, Virginia. It can be
taken to the field to provide power to a small headquarters
. The Army also has solar panels on tents,
portable solar rucksacks that can be opened and laid flat to collect solar energy, and hand-portable battery
chargers. These are really effective. The New Jersey National Guard is already using a 10 KW system on a
roof. Therefore, the Army is making some good use of solar power.

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