ARLINGTON, Va., July 19, 2011 -- Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that as part of an interagency partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense to strengthen American energy security and develop new clean energy technologies, DoD will be installing and operating 18 fuel cell backup power systems at eight military installations across the country.

The Departments will test how the fuel cells perform in real world operations, identify any technical improvements manufacturers could make to enhance performance, and highlight the benefits of fuel cells for emergency backup power applications.

The installations include the Army’s Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Hood, Texas; U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; and Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. Other sites are the Air Force’s Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Base, Colo.; the U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms, Calif.; and the Ohio National Guard, Columbus, Ohio.