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Navy Engineers Begin Work on Hydrogen Fueling Demonstration Project

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Story Number: NNS071221-06
Release Date: 12/21/2007 1:00:00 PM

By Darrell Waller, Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center Public Affairs

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center (NAVFAC ESC) personnel are working with the U. S. Marine Corps and private industry to construct the Navy's first compressed-hydrogen fueling station.

"The creation of new alternative fuel sources is crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lessening our dependence on foreign oil," said Capt. Gregory J. Zielinski, NAVFAC ESC commanding officer. "Hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles are zero-emission vehicles. Fueling stations such as this one may give rise to more fuel-cell vehicles, and their increased use will help the Navy save money while achieving significant reductions in harmful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change."

The joint demonstration project will support early user testing of fuel-cell vehicles and showcase the viability of compressed hydrogen as an alternative fuel. The permanent fueling station features onsite hydrogen production from natural gas feedstock and will provide an important fueling point on California's proposed Hydrogen Highway Network.

NAVFAC Southwest is providing construction support and oversight; Marine Corps Southwest Region Fleet Transportation is the host and primary user of the station.

Civil work has been completed, and the final phase of equipment installation began in December. The station is expected to be fully operational and begin a one-year validation period by February 2008.

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