12 Sep '13, 7pm

NREL's New Energy Integration Center Working On Hybrid Solar ...: Military requirements for electricity at FOB...

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., says it is working with the U.S. Army to develop the Consolidated Utility Base Energy (CUBE) system, a solar, battery and generator hybrid power system that provides electricity to forward operating bases (FOBs). Military requirements for electricity at FOBs, which are often in disputed or enemy territory, has proven to be a promising application for solar power. Experimental solar-battery-generator systems deployed by the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan have reduced the need for diesel fuel to make electricity at its FOBs from 25 gallons a day to as low as two. Under a research agreement with Wyle Labs, the Army is funding NREL to complete a prototype CUBE system and validate its performance, reliability, and projected fuel savings through a fully integrated test at the new Energy Systems Integration Facility (...

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