From solar powered backpacks and generators to LED lights in submarines, the U.S. military has been implementing green technologies across the board. The latest endeavor is at Fort Benning, Georgia, where two FlexEnergy Powerstations are being installed to convert the base’s landfill gas into its own electricity. The 250 kW Powerstations will collectively produce enough energy to power nearly 500 homes.
FlexEnergy, a clean tech company that creates energy from harmful gases, will deliver the Powerstations in collaboration with Southern Research Institute through the Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program. Technologies that convert landfill gas to clean energy are becoming more common, but FlexEnergy’s machine is unique in that it can harvest even weak gases — as low as 1.5 percent methane — that were previously considered unusable. Additionally, it can run on gases created by a wide variety of sources: landfills, coal mines, oil fields, and industrial plants.
Use of the Powerstation is part of the military’s plan to move our nation’s defense facilities to a more flexible off-grid energy independent status. The Powerstation is a “plug and play” modular system that can deliver energy over a great distance at a cost effective price and reasonable amount of time.
FlexEnergy will be exhibiting the Powerstations at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy Innovation Summit this week. The agency is responsible for developing clean energy solutions to help rid the U.S. of its dependence on fossil fuels.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Landfills emit high amounts of methane, with has a greenhouse gas effect 30 percent greater than carbon dioxide. By converting methane into usable clean energy, the U.S. military is reducing the amount of gases contributing to global warming. If the implementation is successful, we could see a wider use of the green technology through military bases.
Via Clean Technica