DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories, Idaho National Laboratory, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently published a report that assesses the opportunity for deployable wind energy systems to meet the energy needs of defense and disaster response activities. The report is the first public deliverable from the Defense and Disaster Deployable Turbine project, funded through the distributed wind portfolio of DOE’s Wind Energy Technologies Office. The objective of the project is to explore the opportunity for deployable turbine technologies to meet the operational energy needs of the U.S. military and global disaster response efforts.
The report includes:
- A market assessment based on public reports, presentations at topical conferences, and direct interviews with both military and industry stakeholders
- A summary of the U.S. Department of Defense’s operational energy strategy, setting the context for alternatives to diesel fuel to meet its energy needs
- An estimate of the energy use of the military in missions where a deployable turbine could potentially serve as an alternative to the baseline use of diesel fuel in generators to provide electricity in remote locations
- An overview of domestic and international disaster response, with a focus on the role of the military in providing energy to those operations
- The technical considerations that would enable a deployable turbine to optimally meet military and disaster response energy needs, considering the global wind resource, the technical design of the turbine, and the operational constraints of various military missions.
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