Source: – By John Keller – Army asks industry for alternative energy sources to help power mobile command posts on the battlefield

U.S. Army researchers are surveying industry for ways to develop alternative power sources using sustainable and clean fuels for battlefield command posts.

Officials of the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) C5ISR Center RTI Directorate at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., issued a request for information (W56KGU-Power RFI-001) on Monday for the Alternative Energy Technologies for Mobile Command Posts project.

The Army is seeking advanced fuel cell auxiliary power units (APUs) to reduce signature and greenhouse gas emissions for unmanned ground vehicles, modular command equipment, and power generation.

Army researchers are interested in novel hydrogen generation methods; improving the lifetimes of solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) for complex fuels; containment-tolerant catalysts; sulfur removal systems; and power sources that are able to use butane, dimethyl ether (DME), or ethanol. (…)

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Photo:  Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stowell, 204th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Utah National Guard, fills a generator with diesel fuel at a mobile command post during a Warfighter Exercise © U.S. Army photo, Sgt. 1st Class Rich Stowell, Colorado, 2020