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Army Field Tests Lightweight, Flexible Solar Panels: Solar Powered Soldiers?

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by David Crane
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Back in June 2004, DefenseReview reported on the U.S. Army’s development of photovoltaic tech to power U.S. Army tents and even soldiers themselves by integrating lightweight, flexible solar panels with tent and combat uniforms/BDU fabric.  The article was titled, "U.S. Army Develops Lightweight, Flexible Solar Panels to Power Troops", and it contains a host of relevant links to the private companies that manufacture the technology and are involved with the project.

Well, TechnologyReview.com (an MIT publication) has just published a story (written by John Gartner) about this technology.  Here’s the link to the Technology Review article:…

"Mobile Army Requires Solar Soldiers"

The military applications for photovoltaics/photovoltaic tech seem obvious and promising.  Besides, if the sun’s energy is already there, why not harness it?  DefRev will keep our readers posted on any new developments.

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About David Crane

David Crane started publishing online in 2001. Since that time, governments, military organizations, Special Operators (i.e. professional trigger pullers), agencies, and civilian tactical shooters the world over have come to depend on Defense Review as the authoritative source of news and information on "the latest and greatest" in the field of military defense and tactical technology and hardware, including tactical firearms, ammunition, equipment, gear, and training.

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