Hydrogen Fueling Station Update

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Fueling Station Project Manager Greg Chapman in front of the newly installed hydrogen storage area canopy. (Photo credit SERC)

The excitement of having a hydrogen fueling station here at HSU is growing as the fueling station takes shape. We’ve accomplished a lot since the last fueling station update (SERC Energy News, Spring 2007). HSU Plant Operations staff have done a great job constructing the site infrastructure. Heavy-duty concrete foundations, block walls, steel bollards, and a security fence were built and will provide a secure site for the station’s equipment. In September, a crane was on site to position the high-pressure storage vessels and two metal canopies to shelter the equipment and personnel doing refueling.

SERC engineers are currently installing the hydrogen piping, electrical, and safety systems. We plan to conduct system start-up testing early next year. After some delays, we expect to receive a hydrogen-powered Toyota Prius from the California Air Resources Board early in the spring. The station’s grand opening celebration is tentatively scheduled for April- look for the date and time in a future newsletter.

About Greg Chapman

Greg is a graduate of the Environmental Resources Engineering program at Humboldt State University. His primary responsibilities at SERC are the design of in-house fuel cells and bench testing of commercially available fuel cell materials. He is currently project manager for the development of a hydrogen fueling station at HSU. He has also led SERC’s work on the development of a high-pressure hydrogen PEM electrolyzer. Greg's past work at SERC has been focused on hydrogen system design and fabrication for fuel cell demonstration projects. He was responsible for the installation of the hydrogen systems for the SunLine Transit, Schoolhouse Peak and the University of Michigan projects. Prior to attending HSU, Greg served for six years in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Naval Nuclear Power School and spent four years in San Diego on a nuclear-powered submarine as a steam plant operator. Following his enlistment, he worked as a process control board operator and shift supervisor at an independent oil refinery in Los Angeles.