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Marines Take Solar to a New Level
May 17th, 2011

We all know that solar technology and the many ways it can be used is a constantly changing and growing area, from the increasing line of solar-powered cars to now using solar panels in war situations. The last one seems a little farfetched right? It is true though and in fact, Marines have begun to use portable solar chargers in the field. The Marine Corps has tested lightweight, flexible solar panels in training and actual war situations and have found them to be very effective so far.

Normally, Marines have to carry 3-4 days worth of spare batteries which can obviously be very heavy and cumbersome. They have no choice though as many situations call for the use of phones or tablets. Things are certainly changing though, and the portable solar charges have been lifesavers, literally. Carrying fewer batteries can cut down on the demand for supply convoys which have become favorite targets for enemies in the past few years. The Marine Corps have made steps to make renewable energy a major part of their operations. They have also experimented with larger solar panels at their base of operations finding them very useful as well. They hope that the success they have seen will move them closer to their long-term goal of only needing to deploy mobility fuels by 2025.

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