U.S. Military Buying More Portable Renewables

The U.S. military’s hunger for portable renewable energy is paying off again for SkyBuilt Power, which said it was “selected to provide rapidly deployable renewable power stations to the U.S. Navy.”

SkyBuilt said it had won a $2.1 million subcontractor deal from CSC Applied Technology Group to provide the stations for the Naval Air Systems Command’s tracking systems. In August, SkyBuilt announced it was selling two portable renewable-energy devices to the Army – its SkyCast power storage and management module and its SkyPAK fold-out crystalline solar arrays.

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Earlier this month, the Marine Crop said it was testing a new solar portable alternative communications energy system developed by Iris Technology. Also, Arista Power introduced a man-portable wind turbine aimed with military applications.

And we shouldn’t be surprised to see a lot more announcements along these lines. In August, the military played host to 13 vendors invited to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., to demonstrate cutting edge clean technologies that can quickly be developed and deployed to help soldiers on the ground in spots like Afghanistan.

Sports columnist, newspaper desk guy, website managing editor, wine-industry PR specialist, freelance writer—Pete Danko’s career in media has covered a lot of terrain. The constant along the way has been a fierce dedication to knowing the story and getting it right. Danko's work has appeared in Wired, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.