Even when President Obama announced in his State of the Nation Address last month that the Dept. of Defense would make the largest commitment to renewable energy technology in history, not many realized that the U.S. military was already moving rapidly to accelerate clean energy innovations.
The Defense Department spends some $20 billion a year on energy, using about 300,000 barrels of oil a day, according to the Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate Control. And military spending on renewable energy rose 300% between 2006 and 2009, to $1.2 billion, notes Pew, and should exceed $10 billion per year by 2030.
A year ago, the Defense Department invited a number of private-sector companies to demonstrate renewable energy technologies that could be adapted for military use. A small number of them submitted products and were selected for further testing.
Some defense contractors which have already been awarded contracts by the U.S. Dept. Of Defense for various renewable-energy projects, include:
Lockheed Martin (LMT), which is developing an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion technology that uses temperature differences between warm surface waters and deep cold water to generate power
Boeing (BA), which is developing a prototype of a highly energy efficient solar-electric drone that can stay aloft for several months, purposely to serve as a platform for remote sensing, reconnaissance, and scientific experiments. Boeing plans to begin test flights next year for the revolutionary aircraft, named Solar Eagle.
Johnson Controls (JCI), which was awarded a $34 million contract by the U.S. Army for solar, wind, and energy management control systems to improve energy efficiency.
Siemens (SI), which won a $16.8 million U.S. Army contract to install solar power system at the White Sands Missile Range.
SunPower (SPWR), which broke ground on Jan. 18, 201, on a 13.78 megawatt solar photovoltaic power system at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, California.
Arista Power (ASPW), which delivered last year to the U.S. Army’s Proving Ground in Maryland for testing a prototype mobile version of its “Renewable Power Station” that utilizes wind turbines, solar panels, and an on-board battery storage system. On Jan. 12, 2012, the tiny company, was selected as the prime contractor and awarded $892,000 initial contract to develop an “intelligent scalable renewable energy micro-grid for the U.S. Army. The Dept. of Defense has the option to grant additional phases of development, which would presumably mean substantial additional revenues for Arista – - should the Army want to expand the project.
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