Guest "No Schist Sherlock" by David Middleton
The US Army still relies on carbon-based fuels, according to the report
According to a report by Dr. David J. Gorsich and Dr. André Boehman, the US Army still relies on carbon-based fuels, which are likely to remain the main fuel.
The Army Chief Scientist for Ground Vehicle Systems Dr. David J. Gorsich and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Director of the University's Walter E. Lay Auto Laboratory, André Boehman, stated in his report that the army's needs require the highest energy. High density fuel combined with the lowest mass and volume – and gasoline and diesel still convince of alternative energy.
The report by Army scientists examined why the US Army is not making greater use of alternative forms of energy and propulsion to reduce fuel consumption for its vehicles.
Tesla is building large semi-trailers, and UPS and FedEx are starting to order these vehicles for delivery operations. It seems that the entire automotive industry is migrating towards electrification as battery costs have dropped dramatically and charging times and range have improved accordingly. Given that all major automakers are switching to hybrids and electric vehicles, it's easy to get confused and wonder why the army is so far behind.
The reality is that the army is not back. Experts who have been researching alternative energy sources and hybrids for military vehicles for more than 20 years conduct research in all of these areas.
The bottom line, however, is that there is a good reason why the army did not unilaterally decide to switch to alternative fuels. The Army has unique operational requirements, and no current fuel source that meets these requirements contains as much energy by weight as diesel or gasoline.
This analysis focuses on energy density (the amount of energy stored in a system per unit volume), the conversion of that energy, and the mass and volume requirements to determine how it compares to power sources.
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Although … the army could save a lot of money on night vision devices if they switched to 100% solar energy … 😉
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