Hawai'i To Build Fuel Cell Research Facility

Hawai'i Fuel Cell Test Facility funded by $1.5 million in US DOE research appropriation.

Published: 11-Jan-2002

A joint government and private business project to develop a hydrogen fuel cell research facility in Hawai'i officially began yesterday at a Hawaiian Electric Co. site on Cooke Street in Kaka'ako.

Called the Hawai'i Fuel Cell Test Facility and financed with a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Defense research appropriation, the project joins the University of Hawai'i School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology's Hawai'i Natural Energy Institute with HECO and Connecticut-based UTC Fuel Cells to develop low-cost fuel cells and promote their use for commercial and military purposes.

"Hawai'i has everything it takes to be a world leader in hydrogen production, storage and applications," said Rick Rocheleau, program manager for the project. "The primary activity in this facility will be the scientific testing of fuel cells. Looking at the engineering associated with the optimal performance, durability, those type of issues."

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