Hydrogen Fueling Coming To Pearl Harbor

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the U.S. military getting a “green” makeover. Now, Proton OnSite, a manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells and fueling systems, is delivering a hydrogen generator to the iconic Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam outside Honolulu.

Proton OnSite’s FuelGen C30 proton exchange membrane electrolyzer will be used to power a variety of hydrogen fuel cell and hydrogen internal combustion engine cars on the base, as well as U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored buses and other flight line support vehicles. It will be powered by a combination of solar and grid power.

hydrogen fueling at Pearl Harbor

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The project is being made possible by a collaboration between the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies and the Air Force Research Laboratory. This is the second project Proton OnSite has installed in Hawaii. Earlier this year, the firm won a contract to build its biggest ever generator on an Army base, in Oahu. The electrolyzer at Pearl Harbor-Hickam will support the Hawaii Advanced Vehicle Working Group, which includes participation from all three U.S. Department of Defense branches operating in Hawaii – Army, Navy and Air Force and Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative, a partnership between Hawaii and the DOE, dedicated to reducing the island state’s fossil fuel dependence.

Proton OnSite estimates that an identical electrolyzer platform installed at the SunHydro commercial fueling station in Wallingford, Conn., which opened in October 2010, has dispensed more than 1,100 kilograms of hydrogen, the fuel equivalent to around 1,100 gallons of gasoline, and completed 365 fills since its launch. This year, OnSite has delivered three other FuelGens for vehicle fueling in the United States, in Flint, Mich., Emeryville, Calif. and Tracy, Calif.

Lauren Craig is a writer and consultant living in Seattle, WA. She holds an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University, and is co-founder of Sustainable Systems Integrators, LLC., an employee-owned solar energy design and installation firm in New Orleans, LA. She is also certified in PV design and installation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

2 Comments

  • Reply August 29, 2011

    Sando Harmon

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  • Reply September 5, 2011

    Lloyd Olson

    The USA is 100 years behind in developing hydrogen as the third leg of a fuel system. Hydrogen does not have to power every vehicle. If we become smart enough to use hydrogen where it can be produced carbon free, from water, from bio. A city like L.A., CA. where the average person drives 30 miles a day or less, not much of a fueling system. The US public has to demand the product before the product will grow. We do this with education. The USA buys the bullets for the people we fight by buying there oil. This is not real bright boys and girls. A hickup in oil production any where in the world is all the oil market needs to jump 10 to 20%. We can stop this by using our brain, by education. The price of gas has went from .30 a gallon to $3.50 in 40 years. Will it cost $400.00 to fill a car in 40 more years ? I know, who cares about 40 years from now ? Someone we will hope. !u00a0

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