Gallery: U.S. Army Launches Plan to Make All Military Bases Net Zero


Over the past couple of years, the U.S. Army has announced several initiatives ranging from solar-powered tents for troops to hydrogen-powered tanks, however this is their most ambitious program yet. With the help of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. Army is aiming to have all Army installations across the country be net zero.

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  1. Bobs June 1, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Didn’t know the forum rules allowed such briillnat posts.

  2. chris offspring April 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    So you don’t see the benefits of having a tent that is run by sunlight (which doesn’t need to be refilled) instead of a UPS (which needs to be refilled)?
    And you don’t see the benefits of tanks running on hydrogen, which you can produce by “using” sunlight with water? Here the alternative would again be gasoline or diesel which lets those tanks depend on oil. Hydrogen can be produced everywhere as long as “everywhere” means “there is water and sunlight nearby”. Means you can “refill” much easier if the need arises and you are not that dependend on supply lines (side effect: those supply lines are cheaper because you don’t have to transport that much “liquid energy”).

    The agenda doesn’t allways have to be about “green” even if it’s sold as such to the public.

    And normally the military drives technological advancements a lot more than the consumer segment does. We wouldn’t have GPS if it wasn’t for the military (just to give an example, but there are plenty more).

  3. Erdling April 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Generally speaking, when it comes to a “green product”, there are two sides of the term “green”: (1) impact on environment, (2) impact on human health.

    With the military obviously being not so good for human health (since it is designed to take people’s lives), now making it good for the environment doesn’t make much sense. It’s like adding sugar to Mercury in the attempt to make the heavily toxic metal better. Or engraving a smiley on a bullet.

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