Military kicks the tires of green technology

Writing at the GigaOM blog, Katie Fehrenbacher points to seven green technologies the military is pursuing.Powerfilm is working with the Army’s Natick Soldier Center to develop solar tents using the company’s thin amorphous silicon technology.

Writing at the GigaOM blog, Katie Fehrenbacher points to seven green technologies the military is pursuing.

  • Powerfilm is working with the Army’s Natick Soldier Center to develop solar tents using the company’s thin amorphous silicon technology.
  • DARPA has launched a BioFuels program to design bio-aviation fuel with a 60 percent or greater conversion efficiency, leading to a 90 percent conversion efficiency.
  • MTI Micro Fuel Cells is focusing on military adoption of its Mobion 1 fuel cell system.
  • DARPA is in the midst of a three-year effort with the DuPont-University of Delaware Very High Efficiency Solar Cell (VHESC) Consortium to produce solar cell modules that are more than 50 percent efficient and cost less than $1,000 per square meter. The hope is that cheap efficient solar power could alleviate the need to transport batteries to soldiers in the field.
  • BAE Systems (BAESY) says it has developed the the first hybrid electric drive system for ground combat vehicles. It's being adopted into the Army’s Future Combat Systems program.
  • The Army is working with United Solar Ovonic to create a “UNI-PAC solar panel,” which can be worn by soldiers and adapted to recharge a field generator or vehicle.
  • A vehicle that seems unlikely to go green, The Aggressor , is is getting a diesel-electric hybrid version.