Cost benefit analysis of integrated cots energy-related technologies for Army's force provider module
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This study evaluates the capability of several energy efficient and renewable technologies that will potentially improve the operational readiness of the current Army expeditionary shelter system. The two major motivations of this objective are decreasing the shelter's heavy dependence on generator use and lessening the tactical vulnerabilities in operating the systems in austere environments. Furthermore, this study determines whether a portfolio of these commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies is a good financial decision and estimates its return on investment (ROI). The results of this analysis found that the technologies associated with improving insulation of deployable shelters systems have the most profound effect in reducing overall generator fuel consumption. One of the largest consumer of generator-produced power is the environmental control units that provide the air conditioning and heating needs for expeditionary field shelters. The insulations evaluated in this study have high annualized returns on investments and payback periods of less than two years.
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