Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Bus

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Bus at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.


June 8, 2015- HB1296 passed



Develop and demonstrate technologies for future military and commercial transportation systems.



The Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) was first established in 1993 as the Hawaii Electric Vehicle Demonstration Project to represent the Hawaii Consortium in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology Program. In 1999, it transitioned to the Department of Transportation's Advanced Vehicle Technology Program, and in 2001 it formed a partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and established the National Demonstration Center for Alternative Fuel Vehicles at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu. In 2010 HCATT established a cooperative agreement with the Air Force Research Labs to continue work in developing alternative fuel technologies in support of the U.S. Air Force as part of the National Demonstration Center for Alternative Fuel Vehicles at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam.  Additionally, on 7 June 2012, Lt Gov. Brian Schatz signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Assistant Secretary for Air Force Installations, Environment and Logistics, Terry Yonkers, Head of U.S. Air Force Energy Programs strengthening the relationship between HCATT and the USAF.



Managed by HTDC, HCATT has organized public/private partnerships between the federal government and private industry to develop advanced low emission and zero emission vehicles centered on electric drive technologies. Over the years, HCATT has been awarded more than $40 million in federal funds, which was matched by another $23 million from private partners.


Accomplishments / On-going Projects

1999 - A project initiated to make Hawaii the first EV Ready State with rapid charging infrastructure.
2001 - The overall administrator of Hyundai Motor Company's "safe harbor test site" for a fleet of 15 NiMH battery-powered Hyundai Santa Fe electric sport utility vehicles.
2004-2009 - The development and introduction of the first fuel cell powered vehicle, a 30-foot shuttle bus was demonstrated in Hawaii and the Air Force.  Additional fuel cell vehicles followed: Step Van, MB-4 Aircraft Towing Vehicle, Ford Ranger Electric Pick-Up Truck, Light Cart.
2006 - The development and installation of a modular/deployable hydrogen production and dispensing station.
2009 - The installation of a 146 kW photovoltaic array to power the hydrogen station
2010 - Partnership with Army to evaluate a fleet of ten Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine Ford Escapes, and GM Hydrogen Fuel Cell powered SUVs.
2011 - Five 10 kW vertical axis wind turbines were tested to supplement the PV array in powering the hydrogen station, but the turbines failed in high winds and the project was halted in 2012

          - HCATT has entered into a partnership with the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute and The U.S. National Park Service to demonstrate fuel cell powered shuttle busses in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  The two busses will be zero emission, hydrogen fuel cell/battery powered hybrid electric buses designed to operate in potentially damaging sulfur laden air (harmful to fuel cell technology) to demonstrate viability of environmentally friendly tours for the millions of annual visitors to the park.
2012 - Began analysis and re-design of a National Guard Fighter Jet Hangar to Net Zero Energy consumption (Efficient and supported by all renewable energy sources).
        - Supported the PACOM “SPIDERS” Joint Smart Micro-grid Project at Hickam AFB
2013 - Delivered a hydrogen fuel cell powered R-12 refueling truck to Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam (JBPHH) to demonstrate the viability of complex fuel cell technology on the flight line.
        - HCATT and USHybrid delivered a 25 passenger fuel cell powered Crew Bus to JBPHH to showcase hydrogen fuel cell technology to aircrew and visitors transiting JBPHH
        - In the shop are a hydrogen powered C-17 tug to demonstrate the high torque of hybrid electric hydrogen fuel cell flight line technology, a hydrogen powered Weapons Loader for the Fifth Generation F-22 Raptor fighter along with advanced medium sized wind turbine technologies supporting renewable energy infrastructure at JBPHH.


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