Conflicts and disasters can happen anywhere—in the middle of a vast desert, on an isolated island, or in the dark arctic tundra. No matter where those catastrophes happen, the military and humanitarian organizations that sprint to aid affected communities need fast access to one critical resource: electrical power.
“In those situations, you typically can’t accept total loss of power,” said Brent Houchens, a mechanical engineer at Sandia National Laboratories.
That is one reason why Houchens, along with collaborators at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory, spent the last four years exploring how wind energy could power both military and disaster relief efforts—both of which need fast and reliable power to succeed. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, the Defense and Disaster Deployable Turbine project brought technology developers and researchers together with military and disaster response organizations to learn what kind of wind turbine system could best serve their needs.
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