2013 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:01:15 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] ENERGY: Marine Corps battlefield technology
Marines Push to Front Lines in Renewable Energy Innovation
A backpack that generates electricity? A vest that cools you in a hot tent? As the U.S. military looks to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, the Marine Corps is leading the way with cutting-edge technology and innovative devices.

by Justin Gerdes
Yale Environment360
June 27, 2013

Last month, at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Mojave Desert combat training center, some of the military’s best and brightest gathered to test the latest in energy-saving gear. The gadgets sound like ones that a green scientist might dream up if set loose in Q’s lab - collapsible solar arrays, electricity-generating backpacks, hybrid power systems using solar panels, and personal cooling vests. But, as I saw on a visit to the center, these devices are very real - some have already been deployed on the battlefield in Afghanistan - and demonstrate the Marine Corps’ determination to save fuel in the field.

Since 2001, the average Marine Corps infantry battalion has a 300- percent increase in computers and IT equipment and a 200-percent increase in vehicles. This proliferation of energy-guzzling gear comes at a steep cost: Marines wounded or killed in fuel and water convoys, as well as a surging fuel bill for taxpayers.

According to a Marine Corps study conducted two years ago, one Marine was killed or wounded for every 50 fuel and water truck convoys in Afghanistan, and one in 17 of the convoys was disrupted by an improvised The corps' growing fuel burden is not just a budget-buster but a threat to Marines. explosive device. Seventy percent of the logistics required to sustain Marine Corps expeditionary forces onshore is for fuel and water. An infantry company (125-150 Marines) today uses more fuel than an infantry battalion (900-1,000 Marines) did in 2001. In Afghanistan, the corps has spent $794 million in one year for the fuel used by Marines deployed at some 300 sites. According to Major Brandon Newell, Technology Lead for the Marines’ Expeditionary Energy Office, approximately 60 percent of that fuel is burned to provide climate control for Marines and their equipment.


For the entire article, see
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/ marines_push_to_front_lines_in_renewable_energy_innovation/2667/


Lenny Siegel
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