Tue Aug 13, 2019, 07:00 PM

Fox: Army sets sights on new fuel cell technology

Fox News | 8/12/19

When dismounted U.S. Army infantry are attacking fortified enemy positions, taking hostile fire and moving quickly to find the best points for continued assault -- “battery life” can determine mission success or failure and even -- life or death.

Units of forward positioned Army soldiers may not have quick access to battery recharging and may, therefore, depend entirely upon the functionality of their batteries - needed to power night vision, radios, small soldier-worn sensors, portable laptops for drone control and other combat-essential items. Without the requisite battery power to advance, soldiers might be forced to retreat or, of even greater consequence, become far more vulnerable to enemy fire.

It goes without saying that attacking soldiers, especially those on the move on foot, need lightweight, electrically powered equipment for communications, data sharing, enemy tracking, targeting and some weaponry. Therefore, for many years Army weapons developers have been closely focused upon “lightening the load” for soldiers to increase combat quickness, endurance and functionality; this broad-sweeping effort includes not only lighter boots, body armor, belts, backpacks, uniforms and even some weaponry.

It is within this broader context that the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is now funding Cornell University to engineer small, portable, lightweight, durable and longer-lasting Fuel Cells engineered to produce electricity – Dr. Purush Iyer, Army research office regarding AI & Fuel Cells Research, ARL, told Warrior.

Iyer explained how scientists are now working intensely to manufacture new smaller, safer and more efficient electricity-generating Fuel Cells for soldiers in combat. Larger form-factor Fuel Cells already exist. For example, Fuel Cells are now being integrated into “Auxiliary Power Units” for Abrams tanks. In a manner quite similar to the smaller Fuel Cells now under development, these larger Fuel Cells are being integrated to enhance and extend the performance of the Abram’s sensors, weapons, on-board electronics and computer systems. Like many armored combat vehicles, Abrams tanks are very power-dependent and fast-emerging modernization is increasingly requiring the vehicle to generate more electrical power.... more:

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Tue Aug 13, 2019, 07:55 PM

1. ''We are looking at alternatives to oxidizing Hydrogen Fuel Cells and searching for materials that..

...act as a catalyst in Methanol oxidation. When Hydrogen is oxidized, it is much harder to control than Methanol. When Methanol is oxidized it produces power,” Iyer told Warrior.

goes your H2 fuel cell wet dream.

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Response to quad489 (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 08:09 PM

2. Are you under the impression...

that you know what the F you are talking about?

--------------" goes your H2 fuel cell wet dream."---------------------

Direct-methanol fuel cell

Direct-methanol fuel cells or DMFCs are a subcategory of proton-exchange fuel cells in which methanol is used as the fuel. Their main advantage is the ease of transport of methanol, an energy-dense yet reasonably stable liquid at all environmental conditions.

Efficiency is quite low for these cells, reaching around 10%, so they are targeted especially to portable applications, where energy and power density are more important than efficiency.

A more efficient version of a direct fuel cell would play a key role in the theoretical use of methanol as a general energy transport medium, in the hypothesized methanol economy.

With all due respect, is there ANYONE here that knows ANYTHING AT ALL about today's hydrogen industry?

We've got Sub-Mariners that don't know there's a Hydrogen fuel cell sub

We've got Methanol Experts that don't know there's a Methanol Fuel cell

We've got Energy Experts that don't think Solar or Wind works

It's like Junior High School all over again. What a waste of time.

^^^^ Those are actual Hydrogen Experts.

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Response to Aquila (Reply #2)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 04:48 PM

4. And we have hydrogen powered car nuts that don't own a hydrogen-powered car

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 08:27 PM

3. Direct Methanol fuel cells

have many advantages for these military applications. I spent three years working with this company in Munich developing and fielding direct methanol fuel cells for a few three letter Army activities. And that was 10 years ago, so they are not really that new. I worked on a pre-cursor to the EMILY system.

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