December 13, 2012 - The Office of Naval Research (ONR), a leader in the exploration of renewable power, played a major role in the development of a new "World Green City" unveiled here Dec. 12 as a prototype community powered by alternative energy sources.
Keeping in line with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert's recently announced 2013-2017 Navigation Plan, which calls for improving operational energy efficiency by investing in new technologies, the World Green City boasts the latest in renewable power, including a direct-current (DC) microgrid funded by ONR's Sea Warfare and Weapons Department.
Dr. Richard T. Carlin, head of the department, spoke to international leaders and scientists during the opening ceremony of the World Green City and Eco-Product Exhibition 2012.
"The World Green City provides an opportunity to evaluate and understand the implementation of renewable energy technologies in a real-world microgrid," Carlin said. "Such microgrids make possible sustainable, decentralized power systems that are applicable to many communities, especially remote communities, as well as forward-deployed naval operational bases. Our partnership with Chiang Mai Rajabhat University will benefit communities in Thailand and ultimately communities across the Asia Pacific region." read more>>>