Pilot Program Overview
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) commissioned a study in 2004 to investigate the use of hydrogen as a logistics fuel. Advancements over the past two decades in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies have been promising. Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies offer potential solutions to energy challenges related to the environment, energy security, sustainability, and battlefield logistics. DLA is committed to improving the viability of these technologies for widespread use in Department of Defense domestic operations through pilot projects involving material handling equipment (MHE), bus, and infrastructure demonstration projects; a portable power pilot project; solid hydrogen storage R&D; and an extended range utility vehicle R&D initiative.
These pilots have the potential to further many DoD environmental and energy security goals. Equipment powered with hydrogen fuel cells produce lower emissions than conventional fossil fuel equipment and have a greater range than battery-powered equipment. Additionally, hydrogen can be produced on-site from a variety of renewable and waste stream sources, which can improve the energy security of DoD installations.
DLA is working to make fuel cells and hydrogen technologies viable in today’s marketplace while improving the efficiency and environmental sustainability of its operations. We see great value in sharing the work that is ongoing at DLA activities with the greater alternative fuels community.
Through current and future pilot projects, such as the integration of fuel cells into forklifts, hybrid buses, and extended range vehicles, the DLA has become one of the largest users of fuel cells in the world. Use this web site to explore these projects and other hydrogen and fuel cell information. We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments.