Air Force Uses Solar Powered Shipping Container for Portable Renewable Energy
In an attempt to take the lead in the military race to go green, the U.S. Air Force unveiled their Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR) program this week that will use shipping containers designed by Lockheed Martin that double as solar powered generators. These lightweight portable units will supply power for mobile bases and create temporary shelters for troops in the field.
Lockheed Martin's $3.5 million contract with the U.S. Air Force will incorporate the solar containers with the existing Integrated Smart-BEAR Power System (ISBPS) grid that has been developed by the Air Force over the last 50 years. The solar powered containers could reduce fossil fuel consumption by up to 25 percent, and will solve logistics problems involving available power for operations in remote locations.
Once the solar powered containers are delivered by aircraft, the ISBPS system can either hook them together to create solar energy generation stations or have them function independently. The director at Lockheed Martin's Intelligent Microgrid Solutions, Gil Metzger, said “our transportable intelligent power system will integrate renewable and conventional power, a challenging task in deployed environments. This important capability will increase safety and add new mission-extending capability for our troops."
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