DOE and U.S. Army Team up for Fuel Cell R&D


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Army to collaborate on the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for military and civilian use.

The agreement was signed by the director of the U.S. Department of Army’s Tank & Automotive Research Development and Engineering Command (TARDEC), Dr. Paul Rogers, and the director of the DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), Dr. Sunita Satyapal. The MOU will enable the partners to work more closely on technologies that can meet both organizations’ goals.

Army TARDEC is the United States Armed Forces’ research and development facility for advanced technology in ground systems. Research is under way at Army TARDEC to develop fuel cell-powered vehicles for tactical uses, among other activities.

The DOE’s FCTO, housed within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, focuses on advancing a portfolio of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through early-stage applied research and development (R&D) of technologies. This R&D includes hydrogen production from diverse domestic resources, including renewable, fossil and nuclear resources; infrastructure development, including hydrogen delivery and storage; and fuel cells for transportation, stationary and mobile applications.

Through the DOE’s H2@Scale initiative, the FCTO brings together stakeholders to advance affordable hydrogen use to increase revenue opportunities in multiple energy sectors.

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