El Salvador and the U.S. Conduct Renewable Energy Demonstration
By Dialogo October 25, 2012
Airmen from El Salvador’s 2nd Air Brigade are partnering with U.S. Southern Command Science, Technology & Experimentation and Engineering personnel, cadets from the U.S. Military Academy, and representatives from Florida International University, the State University of New York, the National Defense Center for Energy and Environment, and Concurrent Technologies Corporation through October 25 to demonstrate the integration of a hybrid renewable energy system at Comalapa Air Base in El Salvador.
The deployable system includes integrated solar panels, rechargeable batteries, and a biomass gasifier with a diesel generator which can collectively supply up to 80 kilowatt-hours per day, enough to power a small office. The integrated system also helps reduce fuel demand while enhancing military sustainability.
The engagement with El Salvador includes classroom instruction, hands-on training, performance demonstrations, as well as data collection and analysis.
The demonstration also affords participating military members and cadets the opportunity to collaborate in evaluating and learning about the potential military applications of renewable energy sources.
I would like to actively participate in the processes of technological progress on use of renewable energy for application in military bases.