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General Motors announced it has a new cooperative research and development agreement with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center in Warren to further test and develop hydrogen fuel cell for up to five years.

The Detroit-based automaker said the company and TARDEC will test the performance and durability of hydrogen fuel-cell materials and designs before building them into full-size systems.

“We believe hydrogen fuel cell technology holds tremendous potential to one day help reduce our dependence on petroleum and we are committed to building on our leadership through the continued development,” said Charlie Freese, executive director of GM’s global fuel cell engineering activities, in a statement.

The two parties said working together to test technology for both military and consumer applications will give them “more tangible” results than working independently. GM is building a fuel cell development lab in Pontiac. TARDEC’s new lab in Warren is about 20 miles away, allowing GM and TARDEC engineers to share material and data.

Earlier this year, GM and Honda announced a long-term agreement to jointly develop a next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies by 2020.