Hydrogen Fuel Storage System to Improve Air Quality at OIA

In an effort to improve the air quality at the Orlando International Airport (OIA) in Florida, the State of Florida and Department of Environmental Protection provided funding for a powerPACK Hydrogen Fuel System from EPOD International, through its subsidiary, Enviromech Industries, to be delivered to TUG Technologies of Marietta, Georgia.

Enviromech, and its alliance partner Dynetek Industries, delivered two TUG M1 tow tractors as baggage carriers for Delta at OIA. Powered by Ford’s 4.2 liter, V-6 industrial engine converted and calibrated to operate on gaseous hydrogen, the proof-of-concept engines will create approximately 80 hp at 3600 rpm, naturally aspirated. With water as the main emission byproduct, the TUG M1 tractors will emit near-zero tailpipe emissions — an ideal solution for the airport environment where emissions levels are strictly regulated. “With millions of dollars of funding available through the Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program to poor air quality ‘non-attainment’ airports throughout the United States, projects like this, where the end product has near zero emissions, will prove to be a popular choice,” said Todd Sloan, President of Enviromech. In addition to the tow tractors, the Enviromech powerPACK Hydrogen Fuel System, using Dynetek’s carbon fiber wrapped seamless lightweight aluminum cylinders, will also be shown on eight V-10, Ford E-450 shuttles operating in the Orlando area, including the Orlando airport, upon delivery in 2006. Both of these Orlando airport projects support “H2 Florida,” a statewide initiative to grow the hydrogen technology industry, spur investment and economic opportunity, and safeguard the nation’s natural resources.
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