U.S. Army Buys Fuel Efficient Technology

The U.S. Army has awarded a $1.4 million contract to Cyclone Power Technologies, a Florida based manufacture of auxiliary power units, to develop and install a specialized 10 kilowatt auxiliary power unit for select combat vehicles.

According to Cyclone, the auxiliary power units will be designed to power systems in vehicles when idling, which will reduce fuel consumption and unneeded stress on the main engines. The Abrams M1 Main Battle Tank, the Stryker Armored Vehicle, and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle are all schedule to be fitted the new technology.

Abrams M1 Tank, U.S. Army

image via U.S. Department of Defense

The first auxiliary power unit prototypes are expected to be delivered to the military within twelve months, and can be powered with any liquid fuel, according to Cyclone. The company says several companies in Florida will benefit from the contract, and that the project was publicly backed by Senator Bill Nelson.

Recently, we’ve noted the U.S. Army is looking for a variety of ways to conserve energy, which can be extremely costly to transport during wars, by opening a new laboratory to test sustainable technology, and is even requesting individuals submit their own energy efficient concepts for the military to study the viability of new ideas.

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