Solar Driven Hydrogen Refueling Station in Sacramento
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project. Ford and Daimler-Chrysler — provided the prototype cars — and BP, installed and operate the hydrogen station refueling equipment. The Future Energy Solutions of Air Products and Chemicals performs maintenance on the station.
The solar panels make electricity, which is then used to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is produced by electrolysis - an electric current is used to split water into its components — hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen is then used to power the fuel cells that run the car. The attached picture shows the Ford Focus Fuel Cell car being used for the demonstration. Right now this is just for SMUD vehicles to test out.