Sustaining Contingency Bases Through Solar Power

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Research ongoing within the U.S. Air Force is helping to develop reliable and cost-effective renewable energy sources for forward operating bases and other remote, but mission-critical, locations. Remote locations are disconnected from traditional power grids, forcing them to rely on diesel generators. These generators require a constant supply of fuel and result in increased operating costs, noise pollution, environmental impacts, and challenging fuel logistics.


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[*] Author note: At the time of publication Maj Nathan Thomsen was a graduate student at AFIT.

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