Hydrogen Highway Comes Home

California has a hydrogen fueling station, so it only makes sense that the United States capital city should get one too. Shell, General Motors and the Department of Energy (DOE) opened the first East-Coast hydrogen refueling station at the Benning Road Shell station in Washington, D.C.

“Today’s opening of the hydrogen refueling station is an important step forward as this administration works toward energy independence and a cleaner environment,” said Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. “Projects like this one help prove that hydrogen and fuel cell technologies work, which will allow private industry to make a future commercialization decision. Shell’s hydrogen station is the centerpiece of a joint demonstration project with General Motors (GM). Initially, the site will be used to refuel six GM Hydrogen 3 fuel cell vehicles used by the DOE Vehicle and Infrastructure Learning Demonstration and Validation Project. The GM fuel cell minivans have been driving in normal everyday traffic around the nation’s capital for more than a year. “The only way the Hydrogen Economy will be realized is having not only fuel cell vehicles, but also convenient places to refuel and local communities that will support this transition to a new energy source,” said Larry Burns, who is the vice president of research, development and planning. Establishing a hydrogen fueling station in D.C. part of Shell’s plan to create fleets of fuel cell vehicles, and provide the vehicle owners with convenient access to stored hydrogen and on-site hydrogen production pumps. This will be the first station to be deployed in a potential D.C. to New York hydrogen corridor. Hydrogen fueling technology for the station is supplied by Air Products of Pennsylvania. The company’s Series 200 fueling technology is a totally integrated vehicle fueling system, which will provide the storage and dispensing of hydrogen to the vehicles. This technology is designed to meet early vehicle fleet fueling requirements by providing the customer flexibility of using hydrogen generated on-site or from a distributed hydrogen supply. The hydrogen fueling facility in Washington, D.C. has the capacity to dispense 20 kilograms of gaseous hydrogen per day and also provides a dispenser for liquid hydrogen vehicle fueling.
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