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August 3, 2023

Liquid Piston signs deal to advance U.S. Army’s power generation capacity

PHOTOS | CONTRIBUTED Alec Shkolnik is the CEO of Bloomfield-based LiquidPiston, which is developing an efficient combustion engine for the Department of Defense.

A Bloomfield-based manufacturer was recently selected to help modernize the U.S. Army’s power generation via an $8.3 million contract, the company announced.

LiquidPiston, an engine technology and hybrid power systems manufacturer in Bloomfield, was recently awarded the subcontract from Parsons Corp. to integrate its recently launched high-performance rotary X-Engine, known as the XTS-210, into a lightweight, compact 10 kW generator that will be field-tested by the U.S. Army.
The new LiquidPiston generator set will be approximately one-quarter the size and weight of the Advanced Medium Mobile Power Source generator system that the U.S. Army currently uses. According to information from LiquidPiston, the new generator set could replace multiple existing generator power classes with a single platform, which would simplify procurement and logistics for the military.

In addition to weighing less, LiquidPiston’s new generator set can be easily transported by man instead of requiring a vehicle or forklift. It only occupied 9 cubic feet of space and is also expected to use up to 8% less fuel.

And smaller mobile generators could be a game-changer for the military. According to LiquidPiston, “during the height of the combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, approximately one-half of American casualties were sustained while moving fuel to the front.”

LiquidPiston has secured more than 10 contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and over $20 million in development funding over the past 24 months, the company said. That includes a $9 million agreement with the U.S. Army to design, build and demonstrate a heavy-fueled combustion engine that uses 30% less fuel than its gasoline-powered counterpart announced in November.

In June, the company celebrated the completion of its expansion project at its Bloomfield headquarters, located at 1292 Blue Hills Ave. The new space expands LiquidPiston’s Bloomfield footprint to 16,000 square feet.

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