The Energy Department will install 18 fuel cell backup power systems at 8 U.S. military posts as part of a partnership with the Defense Department, Reuters reports.
The $6.6 million-project will test how the fuel cells perform in emergency situations or real-world operations, and to help manufacturers address technical problems.
“The shared vision of the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense for a safe, secure energy future provides us with a strong foundation to work together on specific technologies,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
Military installations currently use diesel generators for backup power. Compared to generators, fuel cells are believed to require less maintenance, and emit both less noise and fewer pollutants.
The cells provide up to 15 kilowatts in emergency electricity.