Atmospheric Renewable-Energy Research. Volume 1 (Background: To BE or Not to BE)
Final rept. 1 Feb-30 Sep 2015
ARMY RESEARCH LAB WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE NM COMPUTATIONAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES DIRECTORATE
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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 5-10 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.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution