Army demos smaller, lighter, quieter 10kw power unit
June 13, 2013
- Tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cell 10 kW power unit exhibits high efficiency, a low acoustic signature
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (June 13, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics center Command, Power and Integration Directorate, or CERDEC CP&I, hosted a demonstration of a novel power unit for its Department of Defense partners here June 11 and 12.
The tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cell 10 kW power unit exhibits high efficiency, a low acoustic signature, a low visible signature, and weighs approximately 960 pounds dry with a volume of 38 cubic feet. Comparatively the Army's 10 kW Tactical Quiet Generator Set weighs 1,100 pounds dry with a volume of 41 cubic feet.
Attending the demonstration were representatives from the Office of Naval Research, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, Naval Sea Systems Command, the Army Research Laboratory and the Army Test and Evaluation Command.
Following the demonstration, CERDEC CP&I began a test and evaluation program to assess the unit's overall performance. The solution will be a part of the 2014 demonstrations under the Technology Capability Demonstration 4a for Sustainment and Logistics Basing.
CERDEC is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers.
RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.