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Army Testing Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Tanks

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On July 12, 2010 @ 2:25 pm In Green Transportation,Renewable Energy | 1 Comment

army, military, fuel cells, hydrogen, renewable energy, green design, sustainable design, green transportation [1]Photo by Nevada Tumbleweed [2]

We’ve all heard by now that the army is trying to reduce its “carbon bootprint” with everything from solar panels [3] to hybrid aircraft [4]. The military’s latest green initiative is to tune up their tanks with hydrogen fuel cell technology [5] — in an ideal situation, tanks would gather hydrogen from JP-8 diesel fuel and convert it to raw electricity.

army, military, fuel cells, hydrogen, renewable energy, green design, sustainable design, green transportation [6]Photo by U.S. Army [7]

The technology is a long way from being commercialized, but eventually, the Army hopes [5] 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 [8]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/07/tank-ed02.jpg

[2] Nevada Tumbleweed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/us_army_rolling_along/4115736500/

[3] solar panels: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/05/21/hp-working-on-solar-powered-dick-tracy-watch-for-the-military/

[4] hybrid aircraft: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/06/22/new-hybrid-army-aircraft-will-fly-surveillance-missions-over-afghanistan/

[5] hydrogen fuel cell technology: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/06/16/breakthrough-process-increases-efficiency-in-hydrogen-fuel-cell-cars/

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/07/tank-ed01.jpg

[7] U.S. Army: http://www.flickr.com/photos/soldiersmediacenter/396530249/

[8] USA Today: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/06/army-testing-hydrogen-fuel-cell-tanks/1

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