TME Presents: Sustaining Contingency Bases Through Solar Power

You’ve read the article; now learn the rest of the story. Take a deeper look into “Sustaining Contingency Bases Through Solar Power,” originally featured in The Military Engineer March-April 2020 issue.

In 2009, the Government Accountability Office recognized the massive cost of fuel use at forward deployed locations, placing the minimum fully burdened cost of fuel at $15/gal when logistics concerns are included. The fuel logistics issue creates a potential threat to forward operating base energy resiliency—if fuel convoys are cut off, attacked, or depleted, base electrical power to mission essential operations is lost. Additionally, fuel convoys require security protection, which places personnel in harm’s way. A study from the Army Environmental Policy Institute showed that in dangerous environments such as Afghanistan, there was one casualty for every 24 fuel convoys. Research within the U.S. Air Force demonstrates that renewable energy systems may be viable candidates for contingency bases and are reasonable from economic and logistic perspectives in relatively short timespans when compared with typical forward operating base lifetimes. This webinar will cover ongoing research in reliable and cost-effect renewable energy sources for forward-operating bases and other remote locations.

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