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09 Aug 2012
- Published on Thursday, 09 August 2012 10:14
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Security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin will be using a solid oxide fuel cell generator set with solar panels as an alternative to the U.S. military's battlefield power generation equipment, replacing traditional fossil fueled power generators.
As part of a $3 million dollar contract with the Office of Naval Research, the generator set – a multi-kilowatt JP-8 compatible Fuel Cell Efficient Power Node – is expected to reduce overall fuel usage required for tactical electrical generation by at least 50 percent.
Solid oxide fuel cells convert fuel into electricity using a chemical reaction that is 30 to 50 percent more efficient than the combustion engines used in diesel generators, which are the largest consumers of fuel on the battlefield today, according to Lockheed Martin.
The technology also require less fuel to create the same amount of power, potentially saving billions of dollars in operational costs and reduce the number of military casualties that are directly related to the delivery of fuel as well.
"Alternative energy solutions, such as the fuel cell we are developing for the Office of Naval Research, can help mitigate these challenges, advancing the strength and flexibility of our military operating in some of the world's toughest conditions," said Dan Heller, vice president of new ventures for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors.
They partnered with Cleveland-based TMI to mature the fuel cell technology, and also received competitive grants from the Ohio Third Frontier, a program focused on the creation of new technology-based products, companies, industries and jobs.