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DOE, DOD to Install Fuel Cell Systems on Eight Military Bases

August 1, 2011

As part of an interagency partnership with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will install and operate 18 fuel cell backup power systems at eight military installations across the country. The projects will test how the fuel cells perform in real-world operations, identify technical improvements manufacturers could make to enhance performance, and highlight the benefits of fuel cells for emergency backup power applications.

The projects will be conducted under a memorandum of understanding signed by the two departments in July 2010. The $6.6 million project is a joint effort of DOD's U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

DOD will manage the project, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will collect performance data for the first two years of the five-year demonstration. The NREL data will be available to fuel cell developers and commercial and government leaders interested in adopting this technology.

For more information, including a complete list of selected projects, see the DOE news release.


—Julia Thomas