US Marines to Use Hybrid Energy to Perform Better

October 19, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Forward Deployment has always faced issues with getting enough power. Whenever power is in plenty, it means there will be heavy generators to be carried around. But all those worries will be over now as the US Marines will be opting for hybrid power from now on.

The Raytheon Company was awarded a contract from the Office of Naval Research to develop next-generation hybrid tactical generator technology for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Through the Hybrid Dish/Engine Expeditionary Generator program, defense force is targeting to save at least 40% on costs of fuel compared with those of diesel fuel generators typically used to support expeditionary operations today. The Marines hope to efficiently combine hybrid power generation and solar energy to reduce risk exposure and fuel costs. Raytheon Company is a major American defense contractor and industrial corporation with core manufacturing concentrations in weapons and military and commercial electronics.

It was previously involved in corporate and special-mission aircraft until early 2007. Raytheon is the world’s largest producer of guided missiles.

With pollution getting higher, all segments of industries have to oblige themselves in minimizing the emissions to the maximum possible extent. This program will also help in this regard.

Raytheon’s team includes Infinia Technology Corporation, ILC Dover and Thermacore Inc. The research and associated work for this contract will be performed by Raytheon’s IDS business at the Surveillance and Sensors Center in Sudbury, Mass.

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