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Lockheed Martin $3m fuel cell contract for US Military
Fuel Cells, Aug 10 2012 (The Hydrogen Journal)
- Lockheed Martin has signed a $3m contract with the US Office of Naval Research to design and develop a solid oxide fuel cell generator set to provide battlefield power.
The fuel cell will be integrated with solar panels, with the aim that no external supplies of energy be required.
Lockheed Martin will spend 32 months developing the technology, and then it will be evaluated by the US Marines.
Over 100,000 military generators are used worldwide to power services from lighting and air conditioning to computers, radios, and command and control systems, Lockheed Martin says.
Fuel cells use less volume of fuel to provide the same amount of power, compared to diesel generators, and this can lead to savings in operational costs and reduction in casualties connected to fuel transportation.