The US Department of Energy has enlisted the army to work on technologies for collecting, storing and transferring solar energy. The report of the agency indicates that the development, adapted to the armed forces, is often much more effective than conventional commercial projects, Defense One reports.
According to the Department of Energy, the involvement of the US Army in the development of such technologies will not only significantly reduce the threat of power shortage for the military, including in the organization of combat operations, but will also make a significant contribution to the development of technology in general.
Experts point out that if the command of the US Army really allocates money for such studies, the military will need "the best solar panels from existing ones." According to the authors of the report, if at least some of the military solutions developed will be applied in the civil sector, then the problems specific to alternative energy will be resolved much faster.