The United States government is trying to develop independence from the traditional power grid. According to the State of the Union Address presented by President Obama in January of this year, he seems to expect the military to develop its own energy generation so that it will no longer have to depend on traditional forms of fuel and power.
Each of the different branches of the military is expected to find billions of dollars in private funding to build renewable resource power plants. The reason given for requiring private funding is that tax incentives are made available to private developers, while government entities don’t get those tax incentives. According to an article in Reuters, it is expected that between the branches of the military, $20 billion dollars in private funding will be necessary.
The only restriction is that traditional fossil fuels are not part of the plan. One administration official was quoted by Reuters as saying that the U.S. has lost thousands of soldiers in Iraq and in Afghanistan over the last decade simply because of the need to protect fuel.
The U.S. Army will start studying how to use hybrid engines in combat vehicles. The U.S. Energy Department has launched a competition to encourage the development of better batteries for the purpose of storing energy. This $30 million dollar competition is being paid for by the taxpayers.
In the meantime, Andrea Rossi is developing 1MW power plants that fit in a shipping container. These power plants use cold fusion to generate enough power for building complexes. In addition, they can be added to and expanded, as the power plant is actually a collection of individual fusion units. Each of the units can be stacked and linked together.
Singly, these power units can provide power for a house. Rossi says they are glorified water heaters – that can produce steam. And, steam is the generator for most energy.
While vehicle E-Cat machines are, according to Rossi, 20 years away, the military installations could be powered by E-Cat units, saving money on expensive solar and wind power applications. By simply “plugging in” to E-Cat power plants, the President’s call to remove the military from the power grids across the world could be made a reality.