Why? Because NATO is planning on building solar powered tanks. I shit you not, this is fucking ridiculous. Do I really need to explain why?

Categories: Military


Kulafarmer · April 16, 2021 at 10:06 pm

Nuke power would be better

Techiedude · April 17, 2021 at 7:37 am

This place is being run by mouth breathing retards.

How did it ever come to this?

SiG · April 17, 2021 at 10:21 am

Lessee here. Wiki says the M1A1 Abrams tank has a Honeywell AGT1500C multi-fuel turbine engine, 1,500 shp (1,120 kW) 1500 HP and 1.12 Megawatts.

Solar energy delivers roughly 1300 Watts per square yard. Because solar panels are never better than about 25% efficient, divide that by four to 325 Watts per square yard. That engine produces the equivalent of 3,446 sq. yds of solar panel. Turn that into feet and it’s a square 176 feet on a side.

Wiki says the body of the Abrams is 26 feet long by 12 feet wide.

Long story shortened somewhat, there isn’t a chance in hell that solar panels could power a tank. To figure out if the Abrams could be made an electric vehicle, using a square mile of solar panels (easy bomb target) to charge batteries, and how big the batteries would have to be to get 8 hours of use out of the tank requires too many assumptions.

There is simply no alternative to the energy density of fossil fuels other than nuclear.

Doc · April 17, 2021 at 4:22 pm

The article says that using solar panels to reduce the load on the engine will help reduce the CO2 emissions. An errant rock or bullet will seriously degrade the output. I also imagine that they’ll push the UN for an international treaty that wars only be fought during sunny days.

China and Russia must be laughing their asses off.

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