The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded a contract to Raytheon Company to develop hybrid concentrating solar power/diesel generators for the U.S. Marine Corps, using dish Sterling technology.

Through the Hybrid Dish/Engine Expeditionary Generator (HyDE-2G) program, the agency aims to save 40% of fuel costs compared to its current use of diesel generators. Raytheon will work with Infinia Technology Corporation (Kennewick, Washington, U.S.), ILC Dover (Frederica, Delaware, U.S.) and Thermacore Inc. (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.) on the project.

"Delivering fuel to remote locations, whether transported over land or through the air, is expensive and puts warfighters at risk," said Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems VP of Advanced Technology Joe Biondi.

"Through the HyDE-2G program, Raytheon will help the Marines reduce operational costs and manning; minimize logistical vulnerabilities; and, most importantly, safeguard our warfighters."

The program is expected to last two years to demonstrate key technology elements, with potential full-scale prototype development to follow. Raytheon’s IDS business will perform work for the contract at its Surveillance and Sensors Center in the U.S. state of Massachusetts.

Raytheon states that the solution will leverage its experience in developing power generation systems, as well as conversion and control systems for demanding environments. The HyDE-2G program is part of ONR’s Renewable Sustainable Expeditionary Power program.