The Fy 1994 Dod Fuel Cell Demonstration Project

The FY 1994 Defense Appropriations Act provided S6.25M worth of equipment procurement funds per Service "to continue procurement of nondevelopmental item (NDI) 200 kW phosphoric acid natural gas fuel cells currently in production in the United States". USACERL was again requested to coordinate this demonstration program for all three Services. Negotiations were conducted with ONSI Corporation leading to a contract for the purchase of 15-25 turnkey Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell Power Plant packages similar to those which were purchased with the FY 1993 Appropriation. The following sites have been selected for PAFCs: 911th Airlift Wing, Pittsburgh, PA; Naval Air Station (NAS), Jacksonville, EL; NAS Fallon, NV; Laughlin AFB, TX; Watervliet Arsenal, NY; Fort Huachuca, AZ; Fort Richardson, AK; Westover ARB, MA; Little Rock AFB, AR; Stennis Space Center, MS; Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ; Edwards AFB, CA; Fort Bliss, TX; Pine Bluff Arsenal, AR; Port Hueneme, CA; Barksdale AFB, LA; and NDCEE, PA Installation of these PAFCs are expected in 1997.

Congress has also appropriated S1.25M worth of FY 1994 research and development funds through the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) to accelerate research efforts focusing on technological improvements to reduce PAFC production costs on a cost-sharing basis. This program is also being managed by USACERL. A Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) was issued soliciting proposals for research activities which address improved component development, system integration, and/or manufacturing processes leading to reduced production costs for phosphoric acid fuel cells which operate on pipeline natural gas. A contract was awarded in December, 1994 to International Fuel Cells Corporation to support research activities which they proposed in response to this BAA. This effort is currently ongoing.

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