Honolulu, Hawaii – General Motors has collaborated with Hawaii’s primary gas energy provider to provide infrastructure for refuelling a fleet of fuel cell vehicles.
The Gas Company (TGC) produces hydrogen, along with synthetic natural gas, and delivers it in a utility gas stream that contains more than five per cent hydrogen content. Through a proprietary separation process, TGC plans to tap into its 1,600-km utility pipeline system at key locations and separate the hydrogen for use by local stations for fuel cell vehicles.
“This is the type of enabler that a hydrogen transportation infrastructure needs, because it addresses both the source of the hydrogen and a feasible way to deliver it for fuel cell vehicle use,” said Charles Freese, executive director of GM global fuel cell activities. “The Hawaii infrastructure could eventually support tens of thousands of fuel cell vehicles. Hawaii is uniquely positioned and motivated to make hydrogen-powered fuel cell transportation a reality because it depends on imported petroleum for 90 per cent of its energy.”
The state is committed to reducing petroleum use by 70 per cent through a combination of renewable energy resources, conservation and efficiency. Depending on how pricing is set, hydrogen could be available at the equivalent price or less than gasoline.