Hydrogenics Selected for USAF Fuel Cell Project

July 24, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Hydrogenics Corp. (Toronto, Canada), a designer and manufacturer of fuel cell technology, has been contracted by the High Technology Development Corp. (HTDC) in Hawaii to provide HyPM power modules for a 30ft fuel cell hybrid bus. The initiative is being funded by the US Air Force (USAF) to evaluate advanced ground transportation technologies. Under the terms of the contract, Hydrogenics will supply a fully integrated, 20kW fuel cell power system and related peripherals.

The HTDC is a state agency tasked with the development and growth of Hawaii's commercial high technology industry. Through the HTDC, the project will be the USAF's first opportunity to test extended range on a zero-emission heavy vehicle, evaluating its performance during routine operations. Additionally, the project will involve an evaluation of the challenges associated with hydrogen generation to support operation of the bus.

"This is an exciting opportunity for Hydrogenics to help advance the deployment of clean fuel cell technology," said Pierre Rivard, Hydrogenics president and CEO. "It is very gratifying that the HTDC recognized the strengths of Hydrogenics' technology and technical support. This project furthers our goal of placing our fuel cell power modules into a variety of working applications."