GHAZNI PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
ARMY RAPID EQUIPPING FORCE
Beginning in 2011 the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF) initiated its Energy to the Tactical Edge effort, known as E2E, to mitigate the inherent risks associated with living on small combat outposts and forward operating bases. E2E focused on reducing troops’ reliance on fuel resupply operations and decreasing the Soldier load burden.
Through the E2E program the REF aimed to improve the reliability of power and lower fuel consumption with the goal of supplanting or replacing the Army’s second largest wartime consumer of fossil fuels – the conventional generator. The REF replaced inefficient generators with self-sufficient, hybrid energy systems that selectively draw from the most appropriate power source, including solar, battery and conventional generators.
The REF deployed 3,5, and 10kW ZeroBase systems to forward positions. As a result, upgraded aid stations, remotely-operated weapons stations, mobile kitchens and surveillance towers are using solar-hybrid power with essentially 100% reliability. These COTS solutions reduced or eliminated fuel consumption, eliminated generator wet-stacking and freed up manpower previously dedicated to fueling and maintaining generators.
ZEROBASE HYBRID AND RENEWABLE POWER PRODUCTS GREATLY REDUCE OR ELIMINATE THE COST AND RISK OF FOSSIL FUEL DEPENDENCE.
ZeroBase is the leading innovator in renewable and hybrid distributed power products. ZeroBase specializes in rugged off-grid systems that deliver power to some of the most remote locations on the planet for government and commercial customers as well as for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Intelligence agencies. ZeroBase responded to the USMC’s 2010 RFI for solar power systems.