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US Army contracts GA-EMS for hydrogen generator prototype

8th November 2019 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has been awarded a contract by the US Army Contracting Command to develop a high-pressure hydrogen generation system to support refuelling of hydrogen vehicles in the field. 

Under the two-year contract, GA-EMS will develop, fabricate, and demonstrate a hydrogen on-demand platform prototype using the company's proprietary aluminium alloy hydrogen-producing technology, it says. 

‘Vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells offer a more reliable, efficient, quiet, reduced thermal signature and environmentally-sound option to support field operations,’ Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS, said. 

‘With a battlefield-based hydrogen fuelling station, the army can improve vehicle range, improve efficiency, and reduce dependency on oil and the logistical burden that is associated with it. Under this contract, we will provide a deployable, hydrogen generation platform with the capability to produce high-purity, high-pressure hydrogen for more efficient ground vehicle support.’

The system will generate hydrogen through a reaction between water and a dry, bulk-transportable aluminium alloy, using locally available water resources and therefore eliminating the need to transport water to a refuelling site. 

On-demand hydrogen generation also eliminates the need to transport and store large amounts of hydrogen, which along with safety benefits can also help support longer range power requirements.

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