Thursday, November 11, 2004

Nation's First Hydrogen Filling Station Installed in Washington D.C.

The New York Times has a report this morning on the nation's first hydrogen pump. Shell Oil and General Motors installed the demonstration project pump at a gas station in Washington D.C. According to the article: "For $1.99 a kilogram, drivers can choose liquid hydrogen, chilled to nearly 300 degrees below zero, or gaseous hydrogen, at 500 pounds per square inch of pressure. That amount of hydrogen, when burned, produces about the same amount of energy as a gallon of regular unleaded gas, which was also selling for $1.99 on Wednesday."

The project has a price tag of just over $2 million, and has little chance of becoming profitable in the near future. There are currently only 6 fuel cell vehicles in the entire Metro D.C. area that use the hydrogen fuel. Hey, it's a start.

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