Air Products and City of Santa Monica Open New Hydrogen Station; Fifth for the AQMD Hydrogen Prius Project
|A Series 200 fueling station.|
Air Products, City of Santa Monica, Calif. and the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) opened a new hydrogen fueling station located at the Santa Monica City Yards.
This is the fifth such station opened in support of a five-city AQMD hydrogen-fueling alternative energy demonstration program that features 30 Prius hybrids converted by Quantum to burn hydrogen in the engine. (Earlier post.)
The Santa Monica station uses an Air Products’ Series 200 system, a fully integrated vehicle fueling system, for the storage and dispensing of hydrogen with a capacity of 20-40 kg of hydrogen per day.
This model station provides flexibility in using hydrogen generated at the site, or delivered hydrogen, integrated with storage and dispensing capabilities.
On-site hydrogen at Santa Monica is provided to the fueling system from a production model HOGEN 6M Electrolyzer manufactured by Proton Energy Systems. Proton, a subsidiary of Distributed Energy Systems Corp., is a key supplier to Air Products, and the companies have a supplier arrangement for electrolyzer-based fueling stations.
The HOGEN 6M produces 6 Nm3/hr of hydrogen—12.94 kg/24hr—and consumes 6.8 kWh/Nm3 of power and 5.50 liters/hr of water (at maximum production rate) to produce that hydrogen. Hydrogen purity is 99.9995%.
For the AQMD five-city program, Air Products’ Series 200 systems are in operation at Santa Monica, Riverside and Burbank. Air Products’ HF-150 mobile hydrogen fueler is fueling vehicles at Santa Ana and Ontario.