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US Military going GREENS

Category: Science & Technology
Posted: 05:20PM

Though armies may have run on their stomachs in the past, today a modern military force requires electricity where ever it goes. Getting the fuel for generators to the front lines though can be quite expensive, depending on the distance to be traveled and the dangers on the path.

Recently Michigan State University developed a water purification system for the front lines and now the Office of Naval Research has started the production of 300 watt hybrid battery generators. The Ground Renewable Expeditionary ENergy System (GREENS) is a portable continuous power supply. Its batteries will keep the output constant while the solar panels on it will recharge the batteries whenever possible.

This system is already seeing field use as full production has recently started. Some US Marine Corp outposts have in fact used GREENS as their only power source, proving the capability of the devices. The devices have even exceeded expectations as the final prototypes operated at 85% capacity while in temperatures in excess of 116 F. Not bad for a design meant for simplicity and portability.

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