US Army GSPEL to Test Hybrid Tanks

The US Army's Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory (GSPEL) broke ground on Monday, on a new 30,000-square-foot facility for testing military ground vehicles. The facility will be used for the evaluation of different military vehicles, including the HMMWV and, never would have guessed, hybrid-electric and fuel-cell military tanks.

GSPEL is expected to become operational in approximately two years and will contain eight engineering laboratories for evaluating hybrid electric components, advanced energy storage devices, fuel cells, heat exchangers and air filtration systems.

Not only the vehicles per se will be tested here, but also its systems and components separately: engines, transmissions, axles, electric motors, batteries, ultracapacitors, engine auxiliary systems, air filters and radiators.

The Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory will have the test equipment and engineering know-how to work at unprecedented levels,” Thomas Killion, US Army’s chief scientist said in a release. “Upon completion, this facility will not only dramatically reduce component and vehicle testing time in demanding military conditions, but also give the Army the capability to exploit integration of new power and energy technologies for a wide variety of new military vehicles.

GSPEL’s primary mission is to reduce the development time while simultaneously improving reliability associated with advanced technologies so they can be used immediately with high confidence in demanding Army conditions. In this way GSPEL will help to expedite the integration of hybrid-electric and fuel-cell technologies into advanced military vehicles,” Mike Kluger, senior program manager in the SwRI Fuels and Lubricants Research Division added.

So the story behind this story is the research for the creation of the hybrid tank. How reassuring is it knowing that the tank that blows up your house is environmentally friendly and fuel efficient?
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