Singapore Moves To Hydrogen Instead of Fossil Fuels

The Economic Development Board of Singapore and the British oil company BP have signed a letter of intent to build hydrogen refueling stations for Singapore motorists driving hydrogen-powered vehicles.

SINGAPORE, SG, 2001-11-02 [] Singapore has signed a similar letter of intent with DaimlerChrysler to develop hydrogen-power cars for the domestic market. The country has major traffic, pollution and transport cost problems, with high taxation on vehicles and fuel. “We think that in 20 years the internal combustion engine could be obsolete,” says Koh Kim Wah, president of BP Singapore. While this project is focused on hydrogen vehicles, the fuel could be used for power generation and other energy needs in future. Gary Oliver, hydrogen market development manager at BP, says the installation of hydrogen systems can be accomplished by 2003, a year ahead of the introduction of the vehicles. BP plans to install hydrogen refueling facilities, which cost between US$500,000 to $1.5 million each, in one or two of its existing retail outlets as a pilot project. “We’re targeting about two refueling stations to serve maybe 15 cars or so,” explains Oliver. While the initial stations will be costly and serve only a few vehicles, the price of installing hydrogen refueling stations should decline as more are built. The next step in the project will be to conduct a feasibility study on the Singapore market. In March, BP launched a similar project in the United Kingdom.
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