Army Designs Tactical Microgrids for the Battlefield
Christopher Wildmann, an electrical engineer with the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, stands between a 60 kW Tactical Quiet Generator, left, and a 30 kW unit that were modified to enable a microgrid. (Source: US Army)
Does anyone see anything slightly strange about the camo colors of these units? Maybe I'm missing something, but I would think that regardless of their efficiency, their heat, electromagnetic, and sound properties would make them a larger target than if they just painted them orange.
Now, here's an appropriate use for hybrids and alternative sources.
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