Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Are we going to see solar powered aircraft carriers?

Soon to be solar powered?                    
(image by US Navy)

UN climate chief Christiana Figueras has been talking to Spanish parlamentarians in Madrid about what "generals" could and should do in order to fight (imaginary) human induced global warming/climate change. She mentioned that some American bases in Afganistan are experimenting with solar power. However, she stopped short of telling "generals" to start using solar powered or electric tanks, jet fighters or aircraft carriers. Figueras will probably include those in her next scare speech ...
This will change the ugly face of the military-industrial complex for ever. Just imagine, Greenpeace, Al Gore and all the other greenies lobbying in Washington for Lockheed MartinNorthrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Honeywell and the other big providers! And Obama will be able to announce the creation of thousands of new "green" jobs (of course accompanied by some trillions $ of government "green" subsidies)!

Figueres said much of the funding that pays for the growth of armies today could help curb carbon emissions that fuel global warming. It also could help poor countries in the most vulnerable and unstable parts of the world to protect themselves from the most devastating effects of climate change.
Militaries should pursue their historic role as technology innovators, she said. "This is an opportunity for the military industry to become the cutting edge of clean technologies that are urgently needed."
She cited estimates by the U.S. Defence Department that it costs $400 per gallon to supply gasoline to NATO military forces in Afghanistan, and protecting the fuel convoys is a major cause of casualties. Some military bases have begun using solar power to help cut the need to truck in liquid fuels, but the experiments are limited.

Read the entire article here.


hann said...

Solar cells work best in direct sunlight. If most of the south facing roof space is covered by nice large trees a photovoltaic system is not going to produce much electricity.
The solar panel has always been the prime component of the solar industry, but it has one major flaw. It is incredibly inefficient.

NNoN said...

Yes, I agree