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05 Mar 13. US NAWCWD to demonstrate new regenerative fuel cell system. The US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) Renewable Energy Office is set to test its new trailer-mounted regenerative fuel cell system in a lab at China Lake, California, US, prior to field testing with troops. NAWCWD Renewable Energy Office electronics engineer Matt Malone said that the new fuel cells can be towed to remote locations to produce energy using water and sunlight.
“Since this system only needs water to operate, one of its biggest benefits is reducing the logistics requirements associated with fuel convoys, which could save lives.”
Designed to be deployed anywhere, the new environmentally friendly renewable energy system features recyclable fuel cell and an array of solar panels; it is capable of generating around 5,000W of electricity. An operator will have to initially feed the system with water followed by pointing the solar arrays towards the sun to generate electricity; this is then run through the water to produce hydrogen and oxygen. The recyclable fuel cells generate energy through electrolysis by using hydrogen in water as fuel. Producing water and heat as a by-product, the system stores hydrogen and releases oxygen into the atmosphere, eliminating the need of diesel fuel and battery storage, as well as lowers toxic emissions into the air. The stored hydrogen is again used at night to generate electricity, while the extra solar energy left during after powering a command centre would be put into use to create hydrogen. (Source: naval-technology.com)

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Merlin Power Systems are leaders in the design and manufacture of advanced generation, management and monitoring of power systems on vehicles and marine platforms. Being fielded in UOR, Green and SOF fleets combined with 20 years of experience in critical use battery applications make Merlin the perfect partner for your vehicle, mobile or remote power system.
MOTS products include:
DataCell – The industry’s most accurate battery monitoring system provides volts, amps, amp hours, state of charge, state of health and time remaining. Being highly accurate DataCell information may be used for auto control of battery management, APU starting and load shedding. Data displayed on a variety of panels and/or direct C4i screen integration.
VBMS – Vehicle Battery Management System manages the entire primary power system on board. Remote battery switching, split charging, flat battery protection, control of import/export power, APU start/stop and load shedding. VBMS dramatically improves platform reliability, platform running costs (in replacement batteries and fuel savings by carefully managing engine run times & alternator output) and importantly allows confident extension of silent watch running times which dramatically improves tactical advantage over the enemy.
Python – The World’s first diesel reforming fuel cell. 1.2kW output, silent running, load following. Runs directly from diesel.
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