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Camp Parks, a U.S. Army reservist base in Dublin, California, is charging ahead with solar water-heating and other renewable technologies these days. The base’s efforts to implement solar thermal technology are indicative of a powerful drive within the U.S. military to achieve energy independence. Within the U.S. military, several mandates are in place that set ambitious goals for the use of renewable energy technologies.  

Camp Parks’ work with solar was recently highlighted in a Mercury News article that includes a few images of the solar water-heating system SunWater Solar installed at the base. This 562 square-foot Heliodyne system includes 924 gallons of solar storage (vertical Hanson tanks) and heats water for soldiers’ barracks. SunWater Solar is currently working on several much larger solar water-heating systems at another U.S. military base.  

As with many other technologies that are now accepted and commonplace, solar thermal is being widely implemented by the military before widespread acceptance by the private sector. In its efforts to cut costs and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, the U.S. military is currently experimenting with a wide variety of renewable technologies, including solar water heating. We are confident that the solar water-heating will stand out as one of the most robust, cost-effective ways for the military to meet its renewable energy use goals.  

 

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Posted On : Thursday, March 15, 2012

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