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Forget fracking - solar is the hot ticket in energy for U.S. military

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, London Daily Telegraph August 17, 2013

U.S. Marines go to war in Afghanistan with solar cells embedded in their rucksacks, efficient enough to recharge lithium-ion batteries for radios and greatly lighten loads. Field patrols will soon have almost weightless solar blankets as well. These will be able to capture a once unthinkable 35 per cent of the sun's light as energy thanks to thin membranes technology, a spinoff from satellites.

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