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GM, US Army to expand hydrogen fuel cell technology development

The technology has possible military applications ranging from ground vehicles to mobile generators.


WARREN, Mich. – General Motors (GM) and the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Centre (TARDEC) are expanding their collaboration in the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Through a new cooperative research and development agreement, GM and TARDEC will jointly test new hydrogen fuel cell-related materials and designs to evaluate their performance and durability before assembling them into full scale fuel cell propulsion systems. The project is expected to continue for up to five years.

GM is currently building a new Fuel Cell Development Laboratory in Pontiac, Mich., where the majority of the company’s fuel cell development work will take place.

TARDEC opened a new Fuel Cell Research Laboratory located in the recently opened Ground System Power and Energy Laboratory building in Warren, Mich. The state-of-the-art facility enables TARDEC to test and integrate the fuel cell systems it has been developing for military applications for more than a decade.

Additionally, TARDEC is evaluating GM fuel cell vehicles in a comprehensive demonstration in Hawaii.

Fuel cell vehicles can operate on renewable hydrogen that can be made from sources like wind and biomass. The only emission from fuel cell vehicles is water vapour.

Headquartered at the US Army Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Mich., TARDEC is a major research, development and engineering center for the Army Materiel Command’s Research, Development and Engineering Command and an enterprise partner in the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. TARDEC is the US’s laboratory for advanced military automotive technology and serves as the Ground Systems Integrator for all Defense Department manned and unmanned ground vehicle systems.