Recent advancements in hydrogen fueling station design are now being showcased in our nation’s capital. At a ribbon cutting ceremony today, Proton OnSite’s latest hydrogen refueling station was officially opened. Supported by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the station is being hosted by the National Park Service (NPS) at their Brentwood Avenue maintenance facility for a duration of four years.

The station features a novel and compact equipment arrangement, that allows for easy siting and accelerated commissioning. As a collaborative project, Proton OnSite provided the equipment through an investment from its corporate partner SunHydro, and DOE furnished design support through the Tech Val program office.  NREL contributed additional site development and program management support to enable a fully operational fueling station that will serve fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) deployment in the metro Washington area, and provide an educational and outreach opportunity to zero emission vehicle stakeholders.  The station is available to fuel FCEVs involved in activities associated with the demonstration, while also validating the safety and reliability of PEM electrolysis as a source of zero emission fuel. Though not a public access station, the advancements in sustainable transportation and fueling demonstrated through this project will enable public retail stations of the future.

“We are thrilled to team up with DOE, NREL, and the National Park Service to provide hydrogen fueling capability to our nation’s capital.  In order to support the early market development of fuel cell electric vehicles, it is important that clean transportation stakeholders in Washington experience the technology firsthand.  Proton OnSite’s hydrogen fueling station at the NPS Brentwood Avenue site will provide a clean and safe source of hydrogen fuel to enable this exciting deployment of FCEV’s.” – John Zagaja, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Proton OnSite.

The commercial release of several FCEV models by the major auto makers makes this station opening a timely addition to the available hydrogen fueling infrastructure. The implementation of this station provides an opportunity for exploring cleaner transportation options in the region and firsthand experience with FCEV technology by policy makers in the seat of our Government.

Proton OnSite, a global leader in hydrogen system solutions is proud to showcase their state-of-the-art hydrogen generation technology and system integration capability at the site. Headquartered in Wallingford, CT, the company manufactures PEM electrolyzers- systems that produce hydrogen in a clean and safe process from water and electricity.  PEM electrolysis enables the generation of carbon neutral transportation fuel when the electricity is from renewable sources.  No stranger to supporting clean transportation infrastructure, Proton OnSite has participated in more than 30 hydrogen fueling station projects and has operated a public access hydrogen fueling station at its facility in Connecticut for the past 6 years.

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