U.S. Army aims to reduce fossil fuel use

Jan. 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM
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ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army has selected Arista Power as prime contractor for the first phase of a program to minimize use of fossil fuels and improve energy efficiency.

Under the $922,000 first-phase award, Arista Power will develop and demonstrate the system within six months.

"We are pleased to have been selected by the U.S. Army for this vital program and to be playing an integral part in the Department of Defense's broad-based initiative to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and to improve energy efficiency," said Arista Power Chief Executive Officer William A. Schmitz.

"The vast majority of power used by the armed forces for operating environments is provided by diesel generators. Supplying fuel for these generators is costly, not only in a financial sense but also in terms of the dangers to human life inherent in transporting fuel.

"While our currently available Mobile Renewable Power Station is an attractive solution that can provide adequate power for a single operation, the Arista Power platform will enable the Intelligent Micro-Grid to provide much greater levels of needed power and give the soldier the ability to maximize renewable power while minimizing reliance on fossil fuels."

The system will be developed under guidance from the Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center.

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