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Vermont Gets Hydrogen Car Grant - Vermont will take part in a federally-funded project to demonstrate the practicality of hydrogen-powered cars.

The technology is expensive, but Vermonters involved in the project say there's good reason to move ahead with it.

"There's a lot of science behind this," Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, told reporters at a press conference where he brought representatives of non-profit groups and entrepreneurs involved in the project.

Sanders announced a nearly one-million dollar grant from the Dept. of Energy for one of several demonstration projects around the country aimed at moving the nation off fossil fuels. Already, the first hydrogen fueling station in New England is under construction near the Burlington Electric Department headquarters on Pine St. It will take power from a nearby B.E.D.-owned wind turbine, taking the hydrogen out of water and using the gas to power a car.

Nick Borland of Northern Power Systems used graphic drawings to show how the system works. "It takes that electricity (form the wind turbine) and actually splits the oxygen and the hydrogen out of the water, vents the oxygen up into the air." The hydrogen is sent to a compressor and stored in a pressurized state.

Project organizers say the wind turbine should provide enough electricity to make the hydrogen at a low enough cost. They say the fact that this has never been done in a cold climate is one reason that Sanders was able to get the grant money... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
"There's a lot of science behind this," Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, told reporters at a press conference where he brought representatives of non-profit groups and entrepreneurs involved in the project.

Sanders announced a nearly one-million dollar grant from the Dept. of Energy for one of several demonstration projects around the country aimed at moving the nation off fossil fuels. Already, the first hydrogen fueling station in New England is under construction near the Burlington Electric Department headquarters on Pine St. It will take power from a nearby B.E.D.-owned wind turbine, taking the hydrogen out of water and using the gas to power a car.

Nick Borland of Northern Power Systems used graphic drawings to show how the system works. "It takes that electricity (form the wind turbine) and actually splits the oxygen and the hydrogen out of the water, vents the oxygen up into the air." The hydrogen is sent to a compressor and stored in a pressurized state.

Project organizers say the wind turbine should provide enough electricity to make the hydrogen at a low enough cost. They say the fact that this has never been done in a cold climate is one reason that Sanders was able to get the grant money for a demonstration project here.

This project is not a hydrogen fuel cell, a million dollar car that's only in the conceptual stage. Rather, they're using a standard hybrid, a Toyota Prius with an internal combustion engine converted from gasoline and electric power to hydrogen and electric.

Still, project organizers admit it's an expensive proposition. Research director Harold Garabedian said, "I would agree that if you take all this (the wind turbine and associated equipment in the fueling station) to fuel one vehicle, yeah. That's incredible when you talk about hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the road in Vermont. But I think it's a beginning."

John Kassel, who chairs the non-profit EVermont, added, "It genuinely demonstrates the ability to power your car based on wind energy. We think this is a very exciting prospect."

The proof is in the pudding. The first hydrogen car is scheduled to be put on the road this spring, as part of the Burlington Public Works dept. fleet. In the long term, it could represent the beginning of the end of American dependence on foreign oil.

Source: http://www.wcax.com/Global/...

DEC 21 2005
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