Hydrogen Makes “Smart Zone” Mark

People whom own cars and generators in Michigan that are operated with fuel cell technology will have a place to get their hydrogen by 2006. A US $3 million project for a Hydrogen Technology Park to be built and operated by DTE Energy of Detroit will model a complete, multi-use hydrogen energy system capable of delivering about 100,000 kWh of electricity annually, which is enough to power a small office building or about 20 homes.

Southfield, Michigan – July 6, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] It is also enough compressed hydrogen gas to fuel three vehicles per day. The project will be at Detroit Edison’s Southfield Station in one of Michigan’s SmartZones, which were established by Michigan Economic Development to foster collaboration between technology-based businesses and research institutions. DTE was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which will fund 49 percent of the project, to develop, build and operate the project that will create hydrogen gas from tap water, and use that gas in fuel cell generators and to refuel fuel cell vehicles. “Through our partnership with DOE we can continue its commitment to clean and renewable energy technologies,” said Anthony F. Earley Jr., the CEO of DTE Energy. “The Hydrogen Technology Park promises to provide insight into the technical and economic challenges of commercializing hydrogen.” Lawrence Technological University will provide student learning and research opportunities using the park as a working laboratory. DaimlerChrysler and BP America will focus on the co-development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and a supporting hydrogen infrastructure at the park under another DOE sponsored project. The “Hydrogen to the Highways” project is one of five projects awarded by the DOE in 2004, and is part of a $240 million initiative to conduct demonstrations that emphasize co-developing hydrogen infrastructure in parallel with hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles. The project will test at least 20 DaimlerChrysler fuel cell vehicles and develop corresponding hydrogen re-fueling infrastructures. DTE Energy Technologies of Farmington Hills, Michigan will manage the overall design and installation of the system. Plug Power will supply the fuel cell generation equipment. DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its largest operating units are Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, and MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan.
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