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ONR, Marine Corps show alternative energy use at forward operating bases can save dollars, lives
Date:1/26/2011

proposed establishing a "test bed" at Quantico in order to identify and demonstrate mature technologies. This concept was adopted as the ExFOB. ONR funded the initial effort and continues to support it through its Western Area Research, Test, and Evaluation Center facility at (Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center) 29 Palms," Solhan said.

Early results identified several mature "green" energy technologies, as well as several water purification systems. "More importantly, it defined follow-on ExFOB efforts at 29 Palms and provided baseline information leading to the development of the USMC Energy Strategy." Solhan said.

The second ExFOB built in the Southern California desert at 29 Palms closely mimicked the characteristics of the Afghanistan environment, Solhan said. The Marines also purchased several hybrid energy technologies for this demonstration that went beyond the initial ExFOB and will show a greater savings for Marines, Charette added.


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