Battelle Institute Working on Fuel Cell for US Military

February 17, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

Battelle Memorial Institute (Columbus, OH) announced that it is working on a fuel cell prototype to extend the fuel efficiency of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The research institute is working on the project with United Defense Industries Inc., a defense contractor in Arlington, VA. The US Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and its National Automotive Center are providing funding support.

The partners are working to develop a fuel cell that can power the Bradley's electronic components without engaging its main engine. The project is intended to allow the Bradley to go longer on a single tank of gas, reducing the need to transport fuel to combat zones.