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Renewable Energy Lets Marines Go Lean, Mean & Green


Local Afghan community gets clean water I’d already heard the military’s push for renewable energy was saving lives by reducing the need for fuel convoys vulnerable to attack & roadside bombs. But the U.S. Marine Corps has discovered another benefit:

A company of U.S. Marines recently conducted a remarkable three-week patrol through southern Afghanistan, replacing hundreds of pounds of spare batteries in their packs with roll-up solar panels the size of placemats to power their battle gear.

By allowing the troops to recharge their radios, GPS devices and other equipment, the green technology freed the Marines of India Company from constant resupply by road and air. And by carrying fewer batteries, they carried more bullets.

In addition to making the Marines safer, the solar panels cut the need for having to buy oil from countries that don’t like us and cut down on global warming pollution. What’s not to like?

  • kindler

    Yes, this is one of the ways they are fulfiiling Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’s ambitious energy goals.

    One more example of heroism and vision from the guys who got bin Laden.  

  • NWVirginian

    In the absence of a serious R&D policy by the fed – the military is often the mother of invention and innovation. From the article:

    “In less than nine months, scientists at the Office of Naval Research cobbled together a solar-and-battery combination small enough to be transported on Humvees, big enough to power the gear at a combat outpost, and rugged enough to withstand tough field conditions.”

  • The Richmonder

    Seriously, where’s the freakin’ like button?