Using photovoltaic (PV) cells on enduring DoD installations in the Middle East: a feasibility study
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The focus of this research is to ascertain the feasibility of the use of solar energy on enduring Department of Defense (DoD) installations located throughout the Middle East. DoD installations are currently using electricity generated either from the local grids at commercial rates, or contractor-provided diesel generators. Growing commercial use of solar energy demands proper analysis for its viability on use at DoD facilities. This paper will analyze available solar technology, its cost effectiveness in the military environment, power requirements of DoD installations, and economies of scale based on power consumption. We will provide a brief summary of the latest research in the field of solar energy, including current status, future prospects and issues related with the use of solar energy, and ways to resolve these issues especially with regard to availability, cost, and sustainability. A look at future plans for the use of renewable alternate energy sources within the DoD shall give us some guidelines with respect to their effect on power requirements vis--vis future cost structure. Based on the results of the research some statistical analysis may be carried out. The outcome of our analysis shall be translated into recommendations for DoD leadership for future planning and acquisition activities.
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