In celebration of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, the US Department of Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the US Army to collaborate in the development of hydrogen (H2) and fuel cell technologies for military and civilian use.

Signed by the Director of the US Department of Army’s Tank & Automotive Research Development and Engineering Command (TARDEC), Dr. Paul Rogers, and the Director of the Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Dr. Sunita Satyapal, the MoU will enable the two research organisations to work more closely on technologies that can meet both organisations’ goals.

The signing of the MoU took place yesterday at the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Aptly named for the atomic weight of H2 (1.008), Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day celebrates H2 and fuel cell activities throughout the country.

Army TARDEC is the United States Armed Forces’ research and development facility for advanced technology in ground systems. Research is underway at Army TARDEC to develop fuel cell powered vehicles for tactical uses, among other activities.

The Energy Department’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, focuses on advancing an innovative portfolio of H2 and fuel cell technologies through early-stage applied research and development (R&D) of technologies.

This R&D includes H2 production from diverse domestic resources including renewable, fossil, and nuclear resources, infrastructure development including H2 delivery and storage, and fuel cells for transportation, stationary, and mobile applications.

Through the H2@Scale initiative, the FCTO brings together stakeholders to advance affordable H2 utilisation to increase revenue opportunities in multiple energy sectors. These activities support the Energy Department’s goals to enable energy security, resiliency, and a strong domestic economy.