General Motors was the top-ranked automaker for fuel cell patents filed between 2002 and 2012, according to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index. And in the spirit of keeping things going, General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) are expanding their joint-collaboration in the development of more hydrogen fuel cell technology.
This announcement marks the second fuel cell-related announcement GM has made this year. Just this past July, GM and Honda announced a long-term partnership to co-develop a next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies, which will hopefully finish by the year 2020.
Now, through this new agreement, GM and TARDEC together will test new hydrogen fuel cell-related materials and designs to evaluate their performance and durability before assembling them into full scale fuel cell propulsion systems. The two entities aim to develop technology that meets both of their requirements, and thus will be accomplishing more tangible results than either entity could achieve on its own. The project is expected to continue for up to five years.
Lastly, GM is currently building a new Fuel Cell Development Laboratory in Pontiac, Michigan, where the majority of the company’s fuel cell development work will take place.