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We’ve all heard by now that the army is trying to reduce its “carbon bootprint” with everything from solar panels to hybrid aircraft. The military’s latest green initiative is to tune up their tanks with hydrogen fuel cell technology — in an ideal situation, tanks would gather hydrogen from JP-8 diesel fuel and convert it to raw electricity.
The technology is a long way from being commercialized, but eventually, the Army hopes that fuel cells can be used to power tanks’ computers, sensors, and battle command centers. If the military can one day power entire tank fleets with fuel cells (or other renewable sources), the hope is that it will become easier to transport supplies in dangerous conditions. Our hope, however, is that the Army’s technology will trickle down to the consumer level.
Via USA Today