Ten combined companies, agencies and universities have joined GM and Hawaiian utility The Gas Company (TGI) in the Hawaii Hydrogen Initiative (H2I) – a movement to reduce Hawaii’s dependence on imported oil – by installing 20 to 25 hydrogen fueling stations on the island of Oahu by 2015.
The support builds on a memorandum back in May between GM and TGC, which involves TGC tapping into its 1,000 mile pipeline to send hydrogen to filling stations all over Oahu, while GM would use to fill up its Project Driveway hydrogen fleet – the largest of its kind in the World. TGC says it has the capacity to power 10,000 hydrogen vehicles, more than enough to power The General’s hydrogen fleet, which is just over 100 vehicles in size.
Now, with all of the extra help from the newly-added companies, the solution to effectively produce and distribute hydrogen seems much easier to find in what is shaping out to be one of the biggest science projects (or perhaps the largest PR stunt) Hawaii has ever seen. What’s just as appealing, is that what occurs with H2I can become a template for an effective hydrogen-powered infrastructure for countries all over the world.
For more, have a look at the presser.