White House announces new military renewable energy goals
Washington (Platts)--11Apr2012/405 pm EDT/2005 GMT
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced that the US military
will seek to deploy 3 GW of renewable energy, including solar, wind, biomass
and geothermal, by 2025.
In addition, the Department of Energy's advanced research arm will
sponsor $30 million in projects aimed at improving the performance and safety
of energy storage devices, including hybrid energy and storage modules being
developed by the Department of Defense for military applications.
The announcements came as part of the Obama administration's so-called
"all of the above" approach to improve US energy security.
"These new steps build on President Obama's unwavering commitment to
energy security for America's warfighters, and to a sustained, comprehensive
strategy to ensure a secure energy future for all Americans," the White House
said in a statement.
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The military's commitment to 3 GW of renewable energy builds on Obama's
announcement during his most recent State of the Union address in January
that the Navy would develop 1 GW of renewable energy on its installations by
2020. The Air Force will set a goal of obtaining 1 GW by 2016, while the Army
would obtain 1 GW by 2025, according to Thursday's announcement.
All together, the commitments are part of DOD's goal of meeting 25% of
its energy needs with renewable energy by 2025. The White House said these
efforts would come at no cost to taxpayers, with DOD leveraging
The Army also will open a new 30,000-square-foot laboratory in Michigan
to develop cutting-edge energy technologies for combat vehicles, the White
House said. The lab at Detroit Arsenal will involve a partnership with
academia and industry, and it will support the development of the "Green
Warrior Convoy" of vehicles in 2013.
The convoy will test and demonstrate fuel cells, hybrid systems, battery
technologies and alternative fuels.
The DOE effort, launched by its Advanced Research Projects Agency, will
seek projects that involve creating a new generation of electric and
hybrid-electric vehicles, increasing the fuel efficiency of military
generators, improving the reliability of military aircraft generators, and
enabling next-generation high-power weapons systems and fuel-efficient
operations for Navy ships.
ARPA-E funds high-risk, high-reward energy research with the potential
to transform the way the US uses, generates and stores energy.
"Innovation is our nation's sweet spot, and it is critically important
that we look at every possible energy solution in order to ensure America's
future prosperity and security," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "Through
[this] competition, we are charging our nation's best and brightest to
develop more effective energy storage technologies, which are used in
everything from cell phones to electric vehicles to high-powered military
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