Global Military To Spend Billions On Renewable Energy

According to new research into defence spending on renewable energy technology around the world, it will be the rise in global military applications, in particular within USA’s Department of Defence (DOD), which will shape future key areas of the clean energy sector.
Pike Research’s report, “Renewable Energy for Military Applications,” finds that over the next 20 years global military agencies investments in renewable energy, including solar, wind and geothermal, will rise from $1.8 billion per year in 2010, to 26.8 billion by 2030. 
The research provides an in-depth analysis of related clean energy technologies, such as hydrokinetic energy, biofuels, microgrids, smart meters and fuel cells, focusing on the application of each technology in the areas of facilities, transport and portable power. 
Solar energy has the largest potential for military application in the Facilities context, followed by wind and geothermal; and by "islanding" power supplies using microgrid technology, military agencies don’t need to rely on central power grids. 
The Pike Research study states that when counted as a single organisation, all the branches of the DOD combine to form the largest single consumer of energy on the planet. With energy the "lifeblood" of the US military, and energy independence a high priority for commanders in the field, it will become necessary for the DOD to continue to find better and more efficient renewable energy technologies; especially in mobility applications, including portable solar power as well as land, air, and sea vehicles.
"Military investment in renewable energy and related technologies, in many cases, holds the potential to bridge the ‘valley of death’ that lies between research & development and full commercialization of these technologies," says Pike Research president Clint Wheelock.
The forecast growth in funding by global defence agencies is good news for the renewable industry as a whole, according to Wheelock, as breakthrough military technology inevitably filters through to mainstream markets.
‘This presents a sizable market opportunity for defense contractors, project developers and systems integrators, and technology developers across all renewable energy sectors."