BEAR Base Solar Power System
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APPLIED RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC TYNDALL AFB FL
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The Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources BEAR base power system is a vital part of deployed Air Force operations. The Power system alone requires numerous aircraft sorties to deploy the generators, power panels, wiring, and fuel bladders. In order to keep the power on-line and functioning, additional aircraft sorties are needed to maintain the flow of fuel. Generating power by utilizing solar energy technology would greatly reduce logistics support requirements for BEAR Base power systems. Solar energy can offer the potential for significant weight and volume reduction, increased energy efficiency, and quiet mobile electrical power. the Air Force Research Laboratory Deployed Base Systems Branch Energy Research Group AFRLMLQD is working to develop a lightweight, flexible, and efficient photovoltaic cells to integrate into the skin of Bare Base shelters. The combination of solar generated power with shelters will offer a more reliable power source that is low in thermal and noise signatures and pollution. This paper describes AFRLMLQDs RD effort to push forward the solar power as an alternative power source for deployed bases.
- Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
- Electric Power Production and Distribution
- Electrochemical Energy Storage