Solar-Powered Marines Patrol Southern Afghanistan


Well, the Equipment is Solar-Powered...
Militaries around the world, and the U.S. one in particular, have been warning us about environmental problems and adopting clean energy technology for a while. After all, they see resource contraints and the warming climate as sources of conflicts, and they use a lot of energy, often in dangerous areas where it is expensive and dangerous to bring fuel where it is needed. So it's not surprising to read in the Wall Street Journal that some Marines in Afghanistan are using solar power: "A company of U.S. Marines recently conducted a remarkable three-week patrol through southern Afghanistan, replacing hundreds of pounds of spare batteries in their packs with roll-up solar panels the size of placemats to power their battle gear. By allowing the troops to recharge their radios, GPS devices and other equipment, the green technology freed the Marines of India Company from constant resupply by road and air." You can read more about it here: WSJ. See also: Google Invests $168 Million in 392MW Mojave Desert Solar Thermal Plant

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