OREANDA-NEWS. February 10, 2016. After 16 months of development, Boeing [NYSE: BA] has delivered a fuel cell energy storage system to the U.S. Navy for testing. The cell is being tested to determine its ability to support the energy needs of military and commercial customers.

The system is the first of its kind using a technology called a reversible solid oxide fuel cell to store energy from renewable resources (including wind and solar), producing clean, zero-emissions electricity.

The system generates, compresses and stores hydrogen. When the grid demands power, it operates as a fuel cell, consuming the stored hydrogen to produce electricity. Boeings technology is unique in being able to both store energy and produce electricity in a single system, making the technology reversible.

This first unit was commissioned on the Southern California Edison power grid at Boeings Huntington Beach, Calif., facility before being installed for further testing on the Navys microgrid at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center in Port Hueneme, Calif.

This fuel cell solution is an exciting new technology providing our customers with a flexible, affordable and environmentally progressive option for energy storage and power generation, said Lance Towers, director, Advanced Technology Programs. Boeing is known for successful innovation and technology advancement. As the company begins its second century, its not surprising that wed be at the forefront of helping solve the energy and technology challenges of the 21st century.

Boeings fuel cell product was developed using the companys experience with energy systems for unmanned undersea vehicles and can be adapted and customized for a variety of defense and commercial applications.

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