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Proton Onsite to install hydrogen generator at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii

Proton OnSite has been awarded a purchase order from HydraFLX Systems Ltd to install a hydrogen generator at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) facility outside Honolulu, Hawaii. The station is being upgraded in cooperation with the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Proton OnSite, formerly Proton Energy Systems, will be delivering a FuelGen C30 proton exchange membrane electrolyzer to the base on 26 August. This will be the fourth Proton hydrogen generator to be delivered for vehicle fueling in the US this year. Additional 2011 FuelGen deliveries include projects in Flint, MI; Emeryville, CA; and Tracy, CA.

The electrolyzer at JBPHH will support the tri-service Hawaii Advanced Vehicle Working Group, which includes participation from all three Department of Defense branches operating in Hawaii: Army, Navy and Air Force. It is also supporting Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative and promotes energy security for the island state, which is vulnerable to fuel supply disruptions.

The fueling station will be fueling a variety of hydrogen fuel cell and hydrogen internal combustion engine (ICE) cars on the base, as well as Department of Energy-sponsored buses and other flight line support vehicles. It will be powered by a combination of solar and grid power.

The JBPHH installation will use the same FuelGen C30 electrolyzer platform as the SunHydro commercial fueling station in Wallingford, Connecticut, which opened in October 2010. Proton OnSite estimates that the station has dispensed more than 1,100 kg of hydrogen, the fuel equivalent to around 1,100 gallons of gasoline, and completed more than 365 fills from its launch in October 2010 through to June 2011. Of these, more than 327 fills were 70 MPa/10,000 psi H70 “fast fills” of three minutes or less using SAE TIR J2601 and OEM fill protocols.

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