Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

SAGE Aims to Save Fuel in Afghanistan

Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

SAGE Aims to Save Fuel in Afghanistan

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THE Army has been developing programs and technologies to slice its high fuel demand and has rolled out an operational energy strategy.

The Smart and Green Energy for Base Camps initiative is one effort that will show how available technology can help the Army work toward that goal.

The SAGE initiative will test renewable energy, new structure designs, energy storage and control systems by using them to manage the power for forward operating base camps that serve between 150 and 2,400 people.

The key to SAGE is the smart micro-grid. The grids harness a generator's full power instead of the 20 per cent used now, allowing fewer units to do the same work. One generator could be wired to five tents instead of one, for example.

The Army is not stopping at base power. A popular phrase around the Pentagon is "make Soldiers power managers." PEO Soldier's program integrator, Steve Mapes, is helping them in the age of the digitized Soldier. …

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