NATO Launches Energy Efficiency Exercise

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has decided to combat energy waste by launching a 10-day 'smart energy' exercise exploring which technologies could be used to help reduce fuel consumption and cut costs, all while boosting military effectiveness.
As Business Green recently reported, the Exercise Capable Logistician initiative - held in Hungary - will see 1,700 troops put more than 50 pieces of technological equipment to the test. Some 30 experts from military defense agencies and research institutes will also be on hand to offer their thoughts and advice.
Some of the technologies due to be trialed include renewable energy solutions (such as solar and wind power); insulation systems (against both heat and cold); LED lights; low-energy water purification technology; portable fuel cells to be used by NATO soldiers; and micro grids aimed at improving energy management on camps.
The tech will be put through a series of tests in scenarios that could happen in military life, from power cuts to broken down generators and water or fuel contamination. It is hoped that by incorporating such technology, NATO will be able to reduce the fuel consumption of troops on military operations.
In fact, this is an area that NATO - not to mention other military organsiations - has been investigating for some time now. Since 2011, its Smart Energy Programme has explored ways that new technology can make the Allied armed forces more energy efficient, such as renewable energy and improved energy management.
Commenting on the programme, Ambassador Sorin Ducaru - assistant Secretary General of NATO's Emergency Security Challenges Division - said that it was "about empowering the soldier of the future and an important missions enabler for the modern military."
"It reduces cost and risks of military operations, as well as the environmental footprint of the military," he added.
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