|The station while undergoing testing.|
Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT), EVermont, and other local businesses gathered for the dedication of New England’s first hydrogen fueling station, located at the Department of Public Works in Burlington, Vermont.
The fueling station includes an Proton HOGEN H Series electrolyzer (12 kg/day, 40 kW at peak production capacity) with a combination of electrochemical and mechanical compression for on-site storage at 6,000 psi in high-pressure cylinders.
The hydrogen production and fueling station is located adjacent to a 65kW AOC wind turbine. The electrical output of the wind turbine and the electrical demands of the fueling station will be monitored and correlated via the fueling station control system.
Both systems will be connected through the utility grid, and part of the testing and data collection will include analysis of the optimal operation of the fueling station in relation to the output of the wind turbine and the other electrical demands at the adjacent facilities. (Earlier post.)
|The hydrogen Prius.|
The station, with its advanced PEM electrolysis stack, has been under development since April 2004, and supported by US$973,000 in funding from the Department of Energy. As part of the project, eVermont has acquired a hydrogen-fueled Prius hybrid—converted by Quantum—for testing.
This project is an important demonstration of the potential of “wind to wheels.” It provides a viable link between renewable energy and the transportation industry.—Harold Garabedian, Project Manager of EVermont and Assistant Director of the Air Pollution Control Division at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
The current plan is to measure or calculate hydrogen output, power consumption, efficiency, wind turbine output, and seasonal/temperature related performance, as well as vehicle fill times, performance (km/kg), and maintenance requirements.
The team anticipates showing electrolyzer power supply efficiency improvements of 25-50% that could potentially decrease hydrogen fueling costs by up to $0.50/kg from current costs.
EVermont Renewable Hydrogen Fueling Station (May 2006)