Thursday, December 20, 2007

Hydrogen Station In Orlando Now Open

Maryland based General Physics Corporation has just completed two demonstration Hydrogen fueling stations. Once station is located at the Progress Energy facility near Orlando International Airport. This station will fuel a fleet of shuttle buses used to transport employees around the airport and the Orange County Convention Center.

The other station is at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County, Michigan. Both stations were designed by Chevron Technology Ventures, a division of Chevron USA.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Hydrogen Ford Focused On Florida

Members of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Progress Energy Florida and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) recently joined officials from Ford Motor Company (Ford) and British Petroleum (BP) to celebrate the opening of a new Hydrogen fueling station in Oviedo, Florida.

The new station will be used by six Hydrogen powered Ford Focus vehicles as a part of a 30 strong Ford Focus fuel cell demonstration fleet currently being tested in the United States, Canada and Germany.

The Hydrogen fueling station in Oviedo is the second to be opened in the state in the last six months with Florida's first Hydrogen station opened in Orlando in May of 2007. The Hydrogen fueling stations are a part of the Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project, a joint initiative between Ford and the DOE.

BC Transit Transitions to Hydrogen

Government officials in British Columbia, Canada are two more stops along the road toward their planned "Hydrogen Highway." As part of a new deal, British Columbia will see the construction of two fueling stations for a fleet of Hydrogen-powered buses, said to be the largest fleet of Hydrogen fuel cell buses in the world.

Canadian company, BC Transit has signed a $19.7 million (C$20 million) contract with Air Liquide Canada Inc. of Montreal to supply Hydrogen for the new, non-polluting buses, which will begin to arrive in the summer of 2008. Air Liquide, along with two other companies, will build fuelling stations in Whistler, Canada and at a British Columbia Transit center in Langford, Canada.

The first fuel cell buses are scheduled to be tested in Victoria in the summer of 2008 and will eventually be based in Whistler as part of public transportation for the 2010 Olympic Games. The British Columbia government ultimately envisions a Hydrogen highway reaching from Whistler to California as part of its efforts to reduce greenhouses gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Iceland Opens First Public Hydrogen Station

The world’s first ever Hydrogen filling station in Reykjavik, Iceland has now opened its doors to the general public. The filling station originally opened four years ago as part of a pilot project which introduced three Hydrogen powered buses to Reykjavik. The fueling station is now open to private vehicles and is part of a larger pilot project to introduce 40 Hydrogen cars into Reykjavik by the end of 2009.

The project, backed by the government, academics and private firms, is being realized through the work of Icelandic New Energy. As of this week, the fuelling station will also power 10 Toyota Prius Hydrogen cars that were given to three private companies. The general public as well as visitors to Iceland will also be able to test out the new Hydrogen cars as Hertz will be renting out three of the vehicles.

Iceland aims to be completely independent of fossil fuels by 2050 and its use of geothermal energy and hydroelectric power have already put the country well on its way to achieving this target. However, personal transportation, which is heavily based on private cars, remains the biggest challenge.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Hydrogen Gift Ideas

Looking for a great original gift idea?

How about giving someone a real Hydrogen powered toy car!

Here are two great toy cars that are available now.

The first is the H Racer and Solar Hydrogen Station (shown left). The H Racer operates on 100% clean fuel produced by a miniature Hydrogen fueling station that converts water to hydrogen using energy captured from the sun.

The second is the Hydrogen generating car. This Hydrogen-powered car uses its very own on-board reversible Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cell to conduct the entire Hydrogen-generating and electrolytic process.