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Aberdeen is Initial Site to Receive Fuel Cells under DOE Partnership

  • November 27, 2011
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Army and Energy Department officials held a ribbon cutting earlier this month to mark the installation of hydrogen fuel cells at the first of three facilities at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

The four-stack system, which will supply the building with emergency backup power, is the first of 18 fuel cells being installed at eight installations across the country under an interagency partnership between the departments of Defense and Energy. The five-year demonstration project is designed to test how the clean energy source operates during prolonged use, identify improvements to enhance performance and highlight the benefits of fuel cells for backup power.

Fuel cells — electro-chemical devices that use hydrogen as a fuel — are a quiet and non-polluting way to achieve energy security, according to the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command. The seven other installations where fuel cells will be installed following the July 2010 memorandum of understanding signed between the two departments are:

  • Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • Fort Hood, Texas
  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
  • Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.
  • Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Base, Colo.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
  • Ohio National Guard, Columbus, Ohio

“We are excited to get technology here that is going to make us even more green than Army green,” Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, the proving ground’s senior installation commander, said during the ceremony.

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