Over the course of the past half-century, the U.S. military has proven prescient when it comes to developing and implementing new technology. From satellites to microwave technology to the internet to cellular phones, the military has taken the lead on nearly every significant technological advance that has later swept the private and consumer markets. Now, the military is getting a leg-up on another technology that is poised to lead the next major private-sector revolution - not weapons or communications, but large-scale mobile solar-powered energy systems.
Through a contract with SunDial Capital Partners, the Department of Defense has been implementing a new interface for mobile solar technology. Founded in 2009, SunDial pioneered a system custom-made for on-the-move military operations, harnessing renewable solar energy into a highly mobile unit. With deep military roots, SunDial President Dan Rice, Vice President Keegan Cotton, and Partner Lee Van Arsdale - all three West Point graduates and combat veterans - recognized a unique market for mobile power supply. As energy prices from traditional fuels rise and the military's dependence on energy continually grows, SunDial envisioned a new application for existing solar technologies for remote locations.Read it at Sirra Club Compass
US Military Leads the Way in Developing and Implementing Mobile Clean Energy Technology
by Gordon Scott and Anusha Narayanan
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