The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) has commissioned a fast-fill high-pressure hydrogen fueling station at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH), Kaneohe Bay. The facility was developed to support a fleet of General Motors Equinox FCEV leased by the Office of Naval Research for use by Marine Corps and Navy personnel on Oahu. Operational since November 2014, this station was recently certified for unattended operation, allowing drivers to self-fill their cars just as they would do at any gasoline fueling station. Unattended operation will serve as a model for the installation of private stations throughout the state.
The project has received funding support from the US DOE, the State of Hawaii and the Office of Naval Research.
We are excited that the MCBH hydrogen station is now servicing fast fills by the drivers without an attendant – a first in Hawaii. We are also pleased that General Motors is satisfied with the performance of the station. We hope that our research efforts will help accelerate the deployment of hydrogen stations throughout Hawaii as it contributes to the DoD’s energy goals,” added HNEI Director Richard Rocheleau.
The MCBH fast-fill hydrogen station is part of the Hawaii Hydrogen Power Park project established by HNEI to support the US DOE’s Technology Validation Program. The initial funding from the US DOE Fuel Cell Technology Office was used to procure the electrolyzer and a low-pressure fueling capability. Additional funding was received from the Office of Naval Research to expand the capability to include the 700 bar fast fill to support the Equinox FCEV demonstration at MCBH on Oahu. The State of Hawaii also provided funding that was used for project management and the installation of equipment.
Source: The University of Hawaii (UH).