Whatever you make of the military, it's pushing innovation in clean energy, and this new Mobile Renewable Power Station is leading the way.
Pretty much any time we talk about the transition to clean, renewable energy systems, we talk about the biggest hurdle: storage. The sun doesn't shine at night, and wind is intermittent. That puts these sources at a distinct disadvantage to fossil fuel power sources, which are great at one thing—providing a known amount of power on demand. Large-scale centralized coal plants, for example, can hit high electricity demands in the summer months by simply shoveling in some more coal. But reliability and consistency are also issue on smaller scales. Diesel generators are still used to provide on-demand power to countless energy sucks around the world, from buildings to farms to outdoor events to military camps and convoys.