Navy opposes the development of offshore wind farms in California

Navy Opposes Development of Offshore Wind Farms - Stop

Navy map places major restrictions on where offshore projects can be built California could be a proverbial gold mine for offshore wind power, but the United States Navy has declared that large portions of the state’s coast are off limits when it comes to offshore development. The ultimate decision lies, of course, with the Department of Defense, wind companies, and at least one member of Congress. The Navy, however, believes that the map it has provided for offshore wind development is the best option for the West Coast. Floating wind…

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U.S. Navy deploys warships fueled by alternative energy

The first carrier strike group partially powered by biofuel was launched Wednesday. Known as the “Great Green Fleet”, US Navy’s warships, which are powered by alternative energy, have been sent to conduct operations in the Pacific. These ships that run partly on renewable fuel, are part of the Navy’s goal to go green and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. The ships run on 10% biofuel and 90% petroleum. The biofuel used as part of the ships’ fuel is made out of beer fat. According to the…

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U.S. Navy makes huge investment in solar energy

The department of the Navy (DON) will make the world’s largest investment in renewable energy by a federal entity. The DON plans to install a massive 210 MW (megawatt) solar energy farm in the Arizona desert, which is enough energy for 80,000 homes in California. Once operational, the solar facility will power a total of 14 U.S. Navy and Marine Corps installations in California (eight Navy installations and six Marine installations). The Navy’s investment will extend the Mesquite solar farm. There are already two phases of the Mesquite solar farm…

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Alternative energy becomes focus of new research partnership

U.S. Navy teams up with Purdue University to investigate alternative fuel sources. The U.S. Navy is collaborating with researchers at Purdue to help the country’s military take steps toward a greener future and they have begun working toward finding alternative energy sources for liquid fuels needed for transportation. The alternative fuel being researched is similar to gasoline. According to the director of Purdue’s Energy Center in Discovery Park, Maureen McCann, the biofuel the university is studying is chemically alike gasoline and aviation fuel. The main difference between the two is…

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Navy Research Laboratory unveils ambitious solar energy project

Navy Research Laboratory aims to generate solar power in space The U.S. Navy Research Laboratory has revealed a project that aims to harness solar power in space and transmit it back to the earth. This concept is not new, as many projects before this have aimed to accomplish the same goal. Gathering solar power from space is, however, a major challenge in terms of logistics and technology, especially when it comes to delivering this energy to earth. In order to accomplish its goal, the Navy Research Laboratory has unveiled two…

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Navy continues strong focus on fuel cells

US Navy makes promising strides concerning fuel cells The U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research, the scientific division of the Navy and Marine Corps, has been drawing more attention to its Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Tactical Electrical Power Unit recently. The division has successfully developed a new 10-kilowatt fuel cell that has been demonstrated at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and this fuel cell has garnered acclaim for the fact that it uses 44% less fuel than its more conventional counterparts. The demonstration is part of the Navy’s ongoing efforts…

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Navy drone sets new record with the help of hydrogen fuel

ION Tiger - hydrogen fuel celled powered UAV

Navy makes major breakthrough with hydrogen fuel The U.S. Navy has become a very strong supporter of renewable energy over the past few years, driven heavily by the interests of the Department of Defense. The Navy has been involved in projects concerning various types of renewable energy, from solar energy to biofuels. Hydrogen fuel is included in the Navy’s interests as well, but the military has been relatively reserved on its experimentation with fuel cells, preferring these energy systems for transportation purposes. The Navy has, however, achieved a major accomplishment…

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US Navy launches new hydrogen fuel and solar energy project

U.S. Navy Solar Energy

Hydrogen fuel combines with solar energy for Navy project The U.S. Navy has announced that it will begin field testing new solar energy and hydrogen fuel cell systems at the Naval Air Weapons Station in Ridgecrest, California. The Navy has become a staunch supporter of both solar energy and hydrogen fuel and has highlighted these two forms of power as ideal ways to break away from traditional forms of energy. The Navy’s efforts are backed by the Department of Defense, which considers energy as a matter of national security. The federal agency…

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Navy unveils new solar energy system from SunPower

Hydrogen Fuel Less Expensive

US Navy tries its hand at solar energy The U.S Navy has been pushing ahead with several of its alternative energy initiatives for the past several months, even those that have been shrouded in controversy by the federal government. The Navy has become one of the strongest forces in biofuel, hydrogen, and renewable fuel production in the world, backed heavily by the Department of Defense. Now, the Navy is looking to show off the accomplishments it has made in its use of solar energy. New solar energy system located at…

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Naval Research Laboratory sets its sights on hydrogen fuel

Naval Research Laboratory hydrogen fuel research

Naval Research Laboratory develops new process to generate fuel from seawater The U.S. Navy is continuing its work to find more efficient forms of fuel that can be used at sea. The Navy has been working in the realm of biofuels for some time, even shrugging off actions from Congress to abandon the endeavor. Though biofuels present several potential benefits for the military, the Navy has need for diversity. As such, it has set its sights on hydrogen fuel. Scientists from the Naval Research Laboratory are now developing a process…

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FuelCell Energy wins contract from U.S. Navy for new energy system

Hydrogen fuel partnership

FuelCell Energy to develop new hybrid energy system FuelCell Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has won a $3.8 million contract from the U.S. Navy. The contract tasks the company with the development of a hybrid energy system that combines solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and lithium-ion batteries. This energy system is meant to boast of high energy density and is to be easily refueled as it will be used for undersea vehicle propulsion. SOFC-battery system to produce over 1,800 kilowatt-hours of energy The…

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Wave energy project launched by U.S. Navy

US Navy - Fuel Cells

Navy continues to show support for alternative energy The U.S. Navy may be pushing forward with its use of biofuels, but the military body is also experimenting with other forms of alternative energy. The Navy has adopted a new energy plan that aims to revolutionize the way that it uses energy and reduce its impact on the environment. The ultimate goal of the energy plan, as well as those coming from the Department of Defense, is to attain a degree of energy security and independence. For the military, cutting down…

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U.S. Navy advances on biofuels

US Navy - Fuel Cells

Military continues its pursuit of biofuels despite political controversy In U.S. politics, alternative energy is a controversial issue. While many politicians have shown their support for alternative energy as an overarching concept, they have also shown hesitation in embracing clean energy due to some of its less popular incarnations. Congress has shown relative disdain for biofuels for some time. The U.S. military – specifically the Navy – believes that biofuels will be the next generation of energy for the country. The Navy has been leading the charge in showing that…

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U.S. Navy purchases electric charging stations for new pilot program

Electric Cars

The U.S. Navy has purchased more than $60,000 worth of electronic charging stations from OpConnect, a manufacturer of charging stations for electronic vehicles. Each of the stations purchased by the Navy is capable of charging four vehicles simultaneously. These stations will be installed at Navy bases in Washington D.C., Maryland, and California. The stations will be the backbone for a new pilot project from the U.S. military that will have personnel using electric vehicles for transportation. The Department of Defense has been aggressive in its pursuit for alternative energy after…

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