WARREN, Michigan (Jan. 23, 2012) -- The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment toured the Army's one-of-a-kind testing centers being built for the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

The Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, also known as ASA (IE&E), toured the new Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory, or GSPEL at the Detroit Arsenal as part of her visit to the command.

The GSPEL will enable scientists and engineers at TARDEC to test and validate new power and energy technologies for tracked or wheeled vehicles with up to five axels.

The new facility is a LEED Silver Certified 30,000 square foot power and energy laboratory which will enable TARDEC researchers to test individual subsystem components or entire system-of-systems under extreme environmental conditions.

The 8-in-1 GSPEL lab includes a Power and Energy Vehicle Environmental Lab, a Power (Electrochemical) Lab, an Electrical Power and Architecture Systems Integration Lab, a Hybrid Electric Lab, a Fuel Cell Lab, a Pulse Power and Directed Energy Lab, a Thermal Management Lab, and an Air Filtration Lab. A ribbon cutting for the GSPEL is scheduled for April 2012.

TARDEC develops, integrates and sustains the right technology solutions for all manned and unmanned DOD ground systems and combat support systems to improve Current Force effectiveness and provide superior capabilities for the Future Force.

Hammack was in the Michigan area as part of the Net Zero Conference in Chicago.