It was the recent Pearl Harbor Day anniversary that brought the secretary of the Navy to Hawaii, but while on the islands the cleantech-boosting Ray Mabus wasn't going to miss an opportunity to inspect the service's potential renewable energy projects there. Apparently, there are an awful lot of them.
According to the Office of Naval Research (ONR), on his trip Mabus got an update on the five General Motors Equinox fuel-cell vehicles being put through their paces at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The Navy is considering broadening their use and, perhaps more importantly, fuel cell technology is under review for possible use in unmanned undersea vehicles, auxiliary power units, pier-side generators and other applications, the ONR said. Interesting stuff in light of a recent report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) that concluded the military "should more proactively evaluate and acquire fuel cell systems."(Read more...)