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May Monthly Discussion

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For the month of May, HDIAC's focus area is Alternative Energy. HDIAC's original content for May features pieces on different methods being used to harness renewable energy. Use this space as a discussion board and post articles, videos or anything else regarding the alternative energy focus area as it relates to the Department of Defense and the benefit of the warfighter.

May Monthly Discussion on Alternative Energy. (Photo Credit: Adobe Stock)


The Next Generation of Biofuels for the U.S. Military article in the HDIAC Journal Volume 4, Issue 1 is a great source for alternative energy efforts in the United States Department of Defense.

“Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, provide an excellent opportunity to reduce petroleum consumption at permanent installations; however, other energy sources and/or storage systems are necessary due to the inconsistent energy production of wind and solar power. Furthermore, land and air vehicles, forward deployed military installations, ocean going vessels and other non-stationary military facilities are large consumers of petroleum-based energy that cannot currently be substantially displaced by wind or solar power. Thus, alternatives to petroleum based fuels, such as F-76, JP8 and other compression ignition or jet fuels are essential to reducing the DoD’s petroleum consumption….”


When Bridges Collapse: Researchers Study Whether We're Underestimating Risk

“The United States is considering a $1 trillion budget proposal to update infrastructure, including its crumbling bridges. An obstacle to spending the money wisely is that the current means of assessing bridges may underestimate their vulnerability, according to a new study published in the Journal of Infrastructure Systems.”


Wave Swell Energy Project To Use Its Technology To Harness Power Of Waves

“Wave Swell Energy, an Australian company, has technology to convert the energy in ocean waves into clean, emissions-free electricity. It can be transmitted to shore and into the grid. It could also be used to power an onboard or shoreline located desalination facility.”

"New York State is making a $5 billion bet that by making its power cleaner, it can become a magnet for the clean energy jobs of the future."