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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Partnership with Energy Department to Benefit Energy Security at Bases

  • July 20, 2011
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The Pentagon’s year-old partnership with the Energy Department soon will pay dividends for DOD’s push to improve energy security, following a recent agreement for the two agencies to jointly install and operate 18 fuel cells to provide backup power at eight military installations.

The departments 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, American Forces Press Service reported Tuesday.

Installations receiving the fuel cells are Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Hood, Texas; U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Picatinny Arsenal, N.J.; Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo.; Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms, Calif.; and Ohio National Guard, Columbus, Ohio.

“Already, we are working closely with DOE on microgrids, alternative fuels, batteries and energy storage,” Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn III said during remarks at the Army and Air Force Energy Forum. “In the coming year, our collaboration will grow, targeting both energy reliability at installations and strike capabilities in operations,” he said.

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