Hyundai Motor Company
and UTC Fuel Cells Selected to Participate in
U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Fleet
and Infrastructure Demonstration
and Validation Project
Project to Showcase
International Cooperation and Education about Hydrogen
April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE) today announced that a team consisting of ChevronTexaco
Corp., Hyundai Motor Co. and UTC Fuel Cells has been
selected to lead a five-year demonstration and validation
project designed to showcase practical application of
hydrogen energy technology.
The cost-share contract was awarded to ChevronTexaco,
in cooperation with Hyundai Motor Co. and UTC Fuel Cells.
The primary goal of this multi-year project is to develop
and demonstrate safe, convenient and reliable hydrogen-
based distributed power generation, fuel cell vehicles
and vehicle fueling infrastructure, and to educate key
audiences about the use of hydrogen as a potential fuel
for transportation and power generation. Under the cost-
sharing agreement, each company will match the DOE award
with its own funding in proportion with its participation
in the program.
The initial focus of the project will be in California
where hydrogen is an emerging source of energy with
strong state and local government support. The hydrogen
infrastructure project will help expand current hydrogen
programs and encourage collaboration among leading public
and private organizations like the University of California
Davis (U.C. Davis) Institute of Transportation Studies,
AC Transit (a public transit operator), and Southern
California Edison (an energy utility company) to develop
and implement a practical, business-based hydrogen energy
infrastructure and associated technologies.
Under the project:
intends to provide the design and construction of
six hydrogen fueling stations to be operated primarily
including sites at U.C. Davis and the Hyundai America
in Chino, Calif. An additional station may be located
Northeastern United States to test performance under
-- These stations will be test platforms for both
hydrogen systems and individual elements of the systems,
hydrogen generation, power stations, fueling procedures,
fuel cells and
-- Hydrogen fueling station plans will include providing
hydrogen fuel to
Hyundai's fuel cell hybrid electric vehicle (FCHEV)
fleet. In some
locations the vehicle fueling stations will also co-generate
using stationary fuel cells.
-- Throughout the project Hyundai will provide a fleet
of up to 32
hydrogen-fueled Tucson fuel cell vehicles, powered
by UTC Fuel Cells
including AC Transit of Oakland, Calif., Hyundai American
Technical Center, and Southern California Edison will
serve as vehicle fleet operators and site hosts for
hydrogen fueling and power generation stations.
"Public-private partnerships are key to addressing
transition challenges for a hydrogen economy,"
said Dr. Donald Paul, ChevronTexaco vice president
and chief technology officer. "Programs such
as the hydrogen fleet vehicle and infrastructure demonstration
program, California Fuel Cell Partnership and the
FreedomCar fuel initiative sponsored by the Department
of Energy are a few excellent examples that are bringing
auto, energy and technology companies together with
the government to advance and validate hydrogen technologies."
"Hyundai is committed to alternative energy,
environmentally friendly automobiles and this demonstration
program will push us closer to commercialization of
hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles," said Dr.
Won Suk Cho, president, Hyundai America Technical
Center, Inc., which is responsible for alternative
fuel research in the United States. "With world-class
partners and the support of the United States government,
we expect our work in the next five years will usher
in an era of sustainable mobility."
"There is no substitute for real world technology
validation," said Jan van Dokkum, president of
UTC Power, which includes the UTC Fuel Cells unit.
"UTC Fuel Cells is excited by this opportunity
to demonstrate the performance of its power plant
as part of the Department of Energy's integrated system
solution approach in an operating environment."
ChevronTexaco Corp., the second-largest U.S.-based
energy company, leads this international energy and
automotive collaboration through its subsidiary ChevronTexaco
Technology Ventures L.L.C. ChevronTexaco Technology
Ventures is investing and developing expertise in
hydrogen production, storage and dispensing. Chevron
Energy Solutions, a major provider of energy services
and energy project management to public institutions,
will manage the hydrogen station construction.
ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures provides proprietary
technology to convert hydrocarbon feedstocks, such
as natural gas, into hydrogen. This proprietary technology
can be integrated into a hydrogen fueling and power
system to support hydrogen powered fleets and to provide
clean electric power. It is anticipated that the hydrogen
fueling station will generate enough hydrogen to power
a fuel cell that can provide electric power to a small
office building or 10 homes on an on-going basis.
The hydrogen generated from the fuel processor could
power up to five fuel cell vehicles.
Hyundai Motor Co. is a leader in adapting fuel cell
technology for automotive applications. Hyundai became
a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership in
2000, and its first-generation vehicles are decorated
veterans of the Michelin Challenge Bibendum -- an
international competition for alternative energy vehicles.
In 2003, Hyundai and UTC Fuel Cells agreed to collaborate
on Hyundai's second-generation fuel cell vehicles
based on the new Tucson SUV platform. These vehicles
will feature greater range (200 miles), more power
(80kw) and be capable of starting in freezing temperatures.
UTC Fuel Cells is aggressively developing Proton Exchange
Membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology for automotive
and fleet vehicle applications. UTC Fuel Cells' proprietary
ambient-pressure approach to fuel cell design allows
for a quieter, smaller, and more efficient fuel cell
system that is easier to install in a vehicle.
Currently celebrating its 125th anniversary, ChevronTexaco
is the second- largest U.S.-based energy company and
the fifth largest in the world, based on market capitalization.
More than 50,000 ChevronTexaco employees work in approximately
180 countries around the world, producing and transporting
crude oil and natural gas, and marketing and distributing
fuels and other energy products. ChevronTexaco is
based in San Ramon, Calif. More information on the
company is available at www.chevrontexaco.com.
ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures L.L.C., a subsidiary
of ChevronTexaco, identifies, develops, and commercializes
emerging technologies and new energy systems that
have the potential to create economic value for the
company. This includes investments in hydrogen-related
technologies, advanced energy storage technologies,
renewables and nanotechnology.
Chevron Energy Solutions, an energy services company
and wholly-owned subsidiary within ChevronTexaco,
engineers, installs and manages energy- related projects
for institutions and businesses.
About Hyundai Motor Co.:
Established in 1969, Hyundai Motor Co. has grown
into the Hyundai Automotive Group, which includes
Kia Motors Corp. and over two dozen auto-related subsidiaries
and affiliates. Employing nearly 50,000 people worldwide,
Hyundai Motor posted US$21.94 billion in sales in
2002. Hyundai motor vehicles are sold in 166 countries
through 4,504 dealerships and showrooms. Further information
about Hyundai Motor Co. and its products is available
on the Internet at http://www.hyundai-motor.com/ .
Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.
It is responsible for the technical development of
automobiles in North America, including governmental
certification issues. Its headquarters are located
in Ann Arbor, Mich., with two branch offices in the
Los Angeles area.
About UTC Fuel Cells:
UTC Fuel Cells (UTCFC) is a world leader in fuel
cell production and development for commercial, transportation,
and space applications. UTCFC is part of the UTC Power
unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) . UTC
Power is focused on the growing market for distributed
generation to provide clean, efficient, and reliable
power as well as on the development of fuel cells
for transportation applications.
More information on UTC Power and UTC Fuel Cells can
be found at www.utcpower.com.
Source: ChevronTexaco Corp.
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