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Shell has deployed several hydrogen fuelling stations across the U.S., for use with GM and Honda fuel cell vehicles. This week it opened a new one in New York City. Hydrogen retails for about $4-$6 per kg (about the equivalent of a gallon of gas) and is produced by electrolysis on-site.  (Source: AutoBlogGreen)
Shell is stepping up its hydrogen efforts

Alongside normal gas pumps at White Plains, part of the greater New York City region, a strange beast rears its head.  The hydrogen pump is a foreign sight in a land of vanilla gas pumps, but it soon will become a bit more familiar to New Yorkers.

Despite lack of support from the federal government, Shell and General Motors are forging ahead with their trial deployment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and fuel stations in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.  Dubbed "Project Driveaway", the project will loan fuel cell Chevy Equinoxes (like the ones DailyTech test drove in Las Vegas at CES in 2009) to volunteers from the cities who sign up on the internet.  The volunteers will receive the vehicles and be able to drive them for two months.

In order to make fuelling a painless experience for the drivers, Shell opened a station with a hydrogen pump in White Plains in April 2008.  This week it opened a new station, this time about 30 miles away, near NYC's busy JFK Airport.  A third station will open later this summer in the Bronx, sponsored by the New York City Department of Sanitation.  The three stations will be clustered for convenience and should provide intriguing insight into what a hydrogen-driven auto industry might look like.

Duncan Macleod, Shell vice president of Hydrogen states, "The prospects for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are strong in the longer-term.  This first cluster is an important step as we continue to build capability in retailing hydrogen fuel, in line with the auto makers' plans to develop hydrogen vehicles."

An LA station opened last year, and Shell also has hydrogen stations in Tokyo, Reykjavik, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C.  Most of the stations produce hydrogen on-site via electrolysis, making enough hydrogen for seven cars.  Many of the stations use electricity from alternative sources to drive this process.  Hydrogen is dispensed at either 5,000 or 10,000 psi and retails at $4-$6 per kg, which provides approximately the energy of one gallon of gas.

Currently there are about 100 hydrogen vehicles deployed in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington D.C.  Honda is also using the hydrogen stations to fuel its FCX Clarity prototypes.



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What I love about alternative fuels.
By Mitch101 on 7/15/2009 12:53:43 PM , Rating: 1
What I love about alternative fuels is not just the improved air quality etc but the idea that anyone can be a fuel distributor. You don't have to own land sitting on top of fossil fuels to get into it.

Be it grass clippings, algae, or hydrogen etc home systems that produce fuel are a possibility and big corporations are enticed to get into the mix because this is a multi trillion dollar business. There are transportation savings unlike oil that needs to come from somewhere then go to a refinery and we have how many refineries? Then it needs to be transported to where everywhere is. Oil products are brought to you while biofuels are made there and distributed there. Little to no transportation fees jacking up the prices.

The only part missing is all the cars and the distribution outlets.

I am tempted by the home ethanol kits and getting a car for commuting that could utilize it but the costs are still high. That would take me completely off the grid for commuting. Someone should improve on this concept.




RE: What I love about alternative fuels.
By invidious on 7/15/2009 1:03:12 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty sure you mean fuel collector. You do not need to own land with oil in it to opperate a gas station.


By Mitch101 on 7/16/2009 10:16:39 AM , Rating: 2
Yes with biofuels based cars there is an option to make your own fuels from your own waste.

I knew what I wanted to say but couldn't get it out. Was low on caffeine.


RE: What I love about alternative fuels.
By Ammohunt on 7/15/2009 2:13:35 PM , Rating: 2
Unless you own a few acres to plant corn to ferment into ethanol you will never make it affordable unless you don't drive much.


By Mitch101 on 7/16/2009 10:18:44 AM , Rating: 2
Yea Im not a big fan of Ethanol either because of the high cost or using a food source to make a fuel.

Would much prefer some sort of self contained algae system that sits in the unused space in the attic or garage.


RE: What I love about alternative fuels.
By FITCamaro on 7/15/2009 4:01:21 PM , Rating: 2
Except for hydrogen, it is unlikely the EPA would allow people to make their own fuel at home. Since then they couldn't monitor what is being put into it as they do with gasoline.


By Mitch101 on 7/16/2009 10:24:06 AM , Rating: 2
Tru-Dat heres to them blowing themselves up instead of others but then if you make cars this way they are driving away with a tank full every time they fill up.


By Starcub on 7/24/2009 2:28:13 PM , Rating: 2
I've seen people who already make their own boi-fuel at home in their garage. They make it with vegetable oil and other ingredients that easy to find at local stores.


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