Atmospheric Renewable Energy Research, Volume 1 (Background: To BE or not to BE)

Report No. ARL-TR-7402
Authors: Gail Vaucher
Date/Pages: September 2015; 52 pages
Abstract: The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has an opportunity to manifest a decisive edge for future Soldiers in the area of operational energy. Major commitments have been made over the last 510 years by the Department of Defense (DOD), a Presidential Mandate, individual armed services, and the Department of Energy (DOE) to exploit renewable energy (R-E). As one of the largest institutional energy consumers in the world, DOD is pursuing a clean-energy solution to improve energy security, mitigate energy costs and reduce risks to the American Warfighter. This report provides a foundational document in which R-E is defined, why R-E is needed is explained, the DOD and individual armed forces R-E commitments are detailed, and a summary of the significant state-of-the-art atmospheric research being done for wind and solar power generation is given. Meteorological research and technology gaps in the current military-operational energy mission are identified, along with potential solutions. This ARL Battlefield Environment (BE) Division pioneering investigation reveals a new atmospheric-research opportunity for ARL BE.
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2015