What makes Vortexis such a perfect fit is the almost non-existent radar footprint, which is unlike almost all other wind turbines in the market. The Referred to within the DOD and Spec OPs as Black Swan, Vortexis can be used for most mobile operations requiring power generation without the noise associated with fossil-fuel powered generators. Such ops would include field launched UAV flights and mobile labs. Mounted on a trailer that is also equipped with solar panels and an onboard energy storage system. If needed, the Vortexis system can draw power from the grid, but the goal is to have a rapidly deployable, fully mobile off-grid system that can supply 100% of its users’ energy needs from a combination of wind and solar, using an advanced storage system to smooth out spikes in supply and demand.
Distributed off-grid system: Working in conjunction with a solar panel, the all-in-one system, comes with a Controller/Inverter. The electricity from the Vortexis Turbine System charges the batteries after being rectified and powers the loads through the inverter. Monitored remotely, as well as on site, the system features intelligent charging and discharging the completely independent power supply of the mobile operation.
In back of the DOD is the wind of the current administration. An Obama administration policy directs the U.S. military to deploy 3 gigawatts — enough to power two to three million homes — of renewable energy, including solar, wind, biomass and geothermal, by 2025. It appears that the military is on a path to meet that goal, new data suggest.
In 2013 the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that it had awarded contracts to 17 private companies to build wind turbines on Department of Defense facilities around the country. It was the third in a series of four groups of renewable energy contracts for DoD that will eventually total $7 billion. Among the familiar names in this group with a global reach, Siemens is well known for its wind turbine technology and it is also included in the geothermal group, and Italy-based Enel has had a strong presence in the US wind and solar markets as well as a long history in geothermal energy. Wind Power Systems see itself as a good fit for a future role with the Department of Defense.