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GM Setting Up Hydrogen Fueling Network In Hawaii

Fuel Cell Vehicles “an essential building block” in clean paradise.

by on Dec.08, 2010

GM and its new partners plan to set up a hydrogen fueling network, in Oahu, for vehicles like this Chevrolet Equinox FCV.

It’s about to get a bit cleaner in paradise.  General Motors and 10 of its partners plan to set up a hydrogen fueling network in Hawaii, by 2015, that could make the island state the first truly viable market for zero-emission fuel cell vehicles, or FCVs.

Dubbed the Hawaii Hydrogen Initiative, or H2I, the project has the twin goals of reducing both automotive emissions and the state’s dependence upon foreign oil, sponsors said.  Currently, 90% of Hawaii’s energy needs are served by oil, but proponents are looking to harvest renewable power, which is available in abundance – some of which can be used to cleanly produce a steady supply of hydrogen gas.

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“In Hawaii, we want to address the proverbial chicken or egg dilemma,” said Charles Freese, executive director of GM Fuel Cell Activities.  “There has always been a looming issue over how to ensure that the vehicles and the necessary hydrogen refueling infrastructure are delivered to market at the same time.”

Fuel cell vehicles, such as a version of the Chevrolet Equinox GM has been field testing for several years, are similar to the new battery-electric vehicles now beginning to reach market.  Their wheels are turned solely by electric power.  But instead of a battery, FCVs rely on a source of energy known as a “stack.”


Hawaii, Hydrogen, and General Motors Fuel Cells

New collaboration on Oahu for refueling fuel cell vehicles.

by on May.11, 2010

The state of Hawaii wants to reduce petroleum use by 70% within a generation.

General Motors and The Gas Company (TGC), Hawaii’s major gas energy provider, announced today a hydrogen infrastructure project that will use an estimated five to 50 of GM’s fuel cell vehicles as part of the program.

Hawaii could benefit from hydrogen-powered fuel cell transportation because it depends on imported petroleum for 90% percent of its energy use.  Gasoline prices are among the highest and electricity prices are the highest in the U.S.

However, fuel cells continue to face many challenges, including extremely high costs for both the energy and the fuel cell vehicle, as well as limited range.  One solution to overcome range anxiety is under development at GM, but it requires large, high-pressure  hydrogen tanks (700 bar, 128 Kg), which can take up much of the usable space of a car, to allow for 300 miles between  refills.

TGC already produces hydrogen along with synthetic natural gas and delivers it in its utility gas stream, with more than 5% hydrogen content today. Through a proprietary separation process, TGC plans to tap into its 1,000-mile utility pipeline system at several locations and separate the hydrogen for use by local fueling stations, estimated at 21, for fuel cell vehicles.