Agencies and Partners Involved
Defense Logistics Agency currently oversees 8 pilot projects, in various stages of maturity with more potential projects in the planning stages. For more information on any of these projects, please check out the Project Updates tab. The program is currently demonstrating and planning the demonstration of fuel cell technology in:
- Forklift/bus pilot projects (99 forklifts, 1 bus)
- Solid hydrogen storage
- Extended range vehicles
- Yard tractors
- Stock Selectors
These extensive pilots cannot be completed without the help of several key Department of Defense agencies and personnel.
The Defense Distribution Center, located in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, is the lead support center for distribution for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). DLA Distribution operates 26 depots, including 7 outside the continental US, with a total workforce of approximately 8,000 employees. DLA Distribution is responsible for receiving, storing, issuing and shipping Department of Defense (DOD) owned commodities to all branches of the armed services, as well as other Federal Agencies. DLA Distribution has 78.4 million square feet of warehousing, 99.3 billion dollar inventory, and 3.6 million national stock numbers (NSNs), and handled 22.8 million receipts/issues in FY08. In total, DLA Distribution operates over 3,900 MHEs. DLA has identified some of these electric-powered forklifts as targets for this pilot program.
The Defense Logistics Agency Logistics R&D Office (J-332) is responsible for managing DLA’s research and development program, focused on supply chain enhancements and manufacturing technology improvements. The Logistics R&D Office is providing overall program management and is funding the equipment and infrastructure at all the sites.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center- Crane, IN (NSWC) is serving as the contracting activity for the pilots and providing both acquisition and technical support in the pilots at each of the locations.
The Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Program Office and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory provided support that included partial funding and expertise in data collection and fire protection issues.
The major outside partners also have large stake in these projects, and they include: