US Army Renewable Energy Lab Takes Off

By Admin
As energy security becomes increasingly important, the Army's new laboratory near Detroit is expected to help build green technologies to alleviat...

 

As energy security becomes increasingly important, the Army's new laboratory near Detroit is expected to help build green technologies to alleviate dependence on foreign imported fossil fuels. At an event held at the research complex today, researchers unveiled plans to develop technologies such as fuel cells and hybrid systems to be used for combat vehicles.

In a research competition, federal officials aim to produce enough renewable energy on military bases to equal the output of three nuclear plants by 2025. The Pentagon has previously announced that it intends to meet a fourth of its energy needs from renewables by then as well.

Under another competition, the Energy Department is spending $30 million to fund the research for developing new types of batteries to reduce the needs for refueling in combat areas.

SEE OTHER TOP STORIES IN THE ENERGY DIGITAL CONTENT NETWORK

Nuclear-Powered Drones Project Ended

US Navy Sailes 12,000 miles on Algae Biofuel

Check out March's Issue of Energy Digital!

The Army's Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory includes eight separate labs for testing electrical systems, heating and cooling components, fuel cells, hybrid electric powertrains and advanced batteries. The labs allow the researchers to create a variety of environmental conditions to test such technologies appropriately.

The technologies to be developed are expected to help save lives in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan, where many are killed merely from hauling fuel to battle areas. Some of those innovations, of course, are also expected to spill over into the commercial market.

 

DOWNLOAD THE ENERGY DIGITAL IPAD APP

 

 

Share

Featured Articles

UK Government awards £54mn in heat network funding

Funding will support the development of schemes in London, Bedfordshire and Woking that use low-carbon heat sources

Shell posts $11.5bn second quarter profit

Shell's earnings fuelled by ongoing price rises and geopolitical instability as the energy major places greater focus on natural gas investments

bp opens first electric truck fast-charging facilities

Operated by bp’s Aral brand, the retail site at Schwegenheim in Rheinland-Pfalz has two 300kw chargers intended for electric trucks

Shell commits to developing Jackdaw gas field in North Sea

Oil & Gas

Prospex Energy raises £1.87m for Selva gas field development

Oil & Gas

Shanghai Electric Group launches low carbon business

Utilities