CTE to send hydrogen fuel vehicle to ConnecticutApril 23, 2013
Hydrogen fuel continues to grab attention in public transit
The Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), a non-profit organization based in Georgia responsible for the research and development of clean technologies and their use in transportation, has finalized an agreement with Connecticut Transit (CTTRANSIT), the public transit agency of Connecticut. Through the agreement, CTE will provide Connecticut with a 40-foot bus that utilizes hydrogen fuel. The bus itself exists to showcase the capabilities of hydrogen fuel in the field of public transportation and has already been put to service in Georgia and other states.
Hydrogen-powered bus signifies advances in development and manufacturing
The bus was developed with the help of ElDorado National, BAE Systems, and Ballard Power Systems using conventional manufacture methods. This was considered a major achievement as the development of the bus was considered to be comparable to the development of other buses that use more conventional forms of power. Hydrogen fuel was chosen because of the fact that it can be used to produce large amounts of electrical power without also producing any harmful emissions. Unlike other buses of its kind, its development did not rely on federal funding.
Bus to demonstrate the prospects of clean transportation
The hydrogen-powered bus will make its way to Connecticut, where it will be used by CTTRANSIT to demonstrate the properties of hydrogen transportation. Hydrogen fuel has been growing as a more popular option for public transportation in recent years. Conventional energy systems have begun to fall by the wayside due to the rising costs of certain fuels and the emissions that these vehicles produce. Hydrogen fuel cells produce no such emissions and the hydrogen they use can, generally, be produced in an affordable manner, especially if production involves the use of renewable forms of energy.
Connecticut continues to show strong support for hydrogen fuel
The bus is expected to begin its demonstration in Connecticut in early 2014. Connecticut is currently considered one of the most important states for the fuel cell industry in the U.S. The state is home to several policies that favor the fuel cell industry and provides financial incentives for fuel cell developers to do business in the state. Connecticut has been a strong advocate for the use of hydrogen fuel in the field of transportation for some time.