April 7 (SeeNews) - This summer NATO is carrying out a test programme in Hungary to show how and if the military could use renewable power in combat and humanitarian missions.
Susanne Michaelis, action officer for smart energy, told Bloomberg that the initiative at the Smart Energy camp in Hungary will involve wind turbines, solar panels and solar-powered battery chargers, self-contained power grids and insulated tents.
The programme will involve war-game scenarios in June in which soldiers will have to deal with power cuts, flooded roads and diesel and water contamination at the camp, according to the report.
Many people die or get crippled transporting fuel and water for military operations, Michaelis was cited as saying. Renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies can cut that risk.