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US Army Goes Green With Solar Energy
2/24/2014

The Army's solar array at Fort Carson, Colo., is part of the Army's largest microgrid installation. The array is a 2 MW system that covers 12 acres and produces 3,200 MWh of energy annually, and is part of an overall strategy by the Army to use solar power to cut costs and for other tactical purposes.  (Source: US Army/Department of Defense)
The Army's solar array at Fort Carson, Colo., is part of the Army's largest microgrid installation. The array is a 2 MW system that covers 12 acres and produces 3,200 MWh of energy annually, and is part of an overall strategy by the Army to use solar power to cut costs and for other tactical purposes.
(Source: US Army/Department of Defense)

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far911
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far911   3/10/2014 1:29:00 PM
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Well i didnt get the chance 2 go through u mentioned but i certainly will.

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Elizabeth M   3/5/2014 5:58:50 AM
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Thank you, bobjengr. When reporting these stories I don't always get to hear real-world perspective and it's really good to hear about your friend's grandson and to know that these inventions are relieving the burden for soldiers, and actually working well.

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Elizabeth M   3/3/2014 6:18:25 AM
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Actually, @shehan, the point of the solar chargers is that they reduce the weight soldiers carry. They need less batteries this weigh. They themselves I don't think are very heavy--less than the weight of all the batteries a solider would carry anyway.

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William K.   3/1/2014 3:11:22 PM
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The reality was that generating power from noise was not at all efficient, and probably could not ever be useful. It was presented as an interesting thing that somebody discovered.

 And in another area you will find that officers DO NOT carry artillary shells, and probaly never carry amunition for other than their own use. There are a few exceptions, of course, but not very many of them. There are a whole lot more folks in the infantry and the support parts of the service who do that hard and dirty stuff.  

And how far could you sprint with a hundred pounds or so on your back? In the thick of combat those burdens can be quite a handicap. It can be done when the stress level is high enough, but it burns one's energy just the same. So sometimes a lot of stuff does wind up being left behind.

The solar power system is a good idea but it may not be a good choice for those in the thick of the action. 

I think that I may have rambled a bit in that third paragraph. Sorry about that.

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shehan   2/28/2014 11:13:47 PM
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@78rpm – Thanks its interesting Israel being a country with resources taking the initiative to use renewable sources of energy.

shehan
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shehan   2/28/2014 11:12:16 PM
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@Pubudu – I'm sure they don't have an option other than carrying it along with them, after all it will benefit them when they need power. 

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shehan   2/28/2014 11:09:35 PM
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@pubudu – yes not every camp can use this as a power source, some of them face winter where the sun light might not be sufficient for charging. In such situations the solar chargers would not help much.

shehan
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shehan   2/28/2014 11:07:09 PM
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@Pubudu – yes the army would love if you could have the weight of the pack reduced as its a burden to carry and also it slows the operation. 

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Pubudu   2/28/2014 11:05:08 PM
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Shehan when it comes to the portable solar system only the battery will be the heavy one and also when compared with the other stuffs of the military personal it will be a reasonable percentage. 

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78RPM   2/28/2014 11:05:04 PM
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@shehan, Well, that's a good question.  I saw the report on Bloomberg business news awhile back.  It's one of those shows they run on weekends and holidays when the markets are not open.  They showed other methods that Israel uses to reduce dependence upon oil.

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