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Marine Corps looks to clean technology for greater battlefield flexibility, efficiency

03 Jun 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Clean Energy

The Marine Corps is increasingly looking to clean technology to give them an advantage on the battlefield, Elizabeth Rosenthal reports. Green technology holds promising implications for U.S. soldiers fighting abroad because it’s more economical, flexible and safer than oil. 

In addition to fuel-supply routes being quite vulnerable to attacks, soldiers were previously limited to how far they could travel from a fuel source. it takes hundreds of dollars just to get one gallon of fuel to an operating base. 
With the transition to clean technologies such as LED Lighting and a solar-powered generators however some of those challenges surrounding energy supplies are minimized. “The goal is to make the Marines a more effective fighting force and to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, transported water, and battery logistics,” said Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander of the Second Marine Division. “We will significantly increase our energy efficiency on the battlefield and in doing so reduce our reliance on logistics convoys.”

The military first began to integrate the use of clean technology into their operations in 2010 after having considerable difficulty with insurgent attacks on fuel supply sources.

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