Two weeks ago Proton Energy Systems and SunHydro announced plans to build a public hydrogen fueling station in Wallingford, Connecticut. This week SunHydro announced the plans to build an East Coast Hydrogen Highway system.
Presumably this would exclude other companies that build hydrogen fueling stations since 4 operational hydrogen fueling stations in New York, and 1 operational hydrogen fueling station in Washington DC is excluded from the plan they’ve mapped out.
The SunHydro East Coast Hydrogen Highway system is supposed to start in Portland, Maine and end in Miami, Florida. The other cities along the route include Braintree, MA, Wallingford, CT, S. Hackensack, NJ, Claymont, DE, Richmond, VA, Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA, Savannah, GA and Orlando, FL.
The SunHydro fueling stations will be powered by solar energy and will create hydrogen by the electrolysis of water. This is much greener than some other H2 stations that reform natural gas to create hydrogen.
According to Mapquest, the distance between Portland, ME and Miami, FL (not considering the locations of the H2 stations in-between) is 1610.72 miles. This would mean on average the 11 fueling stations would be 145 miles apart, well within the range of most hydrogen cars. I didn’t chart every leg of this journey so there will be some variation.
But, at least H2 cars like the Honda FCX Clarity with a range of 240 miles and the Toyota FCHV Adv with a range of well over 400 miles will have no problem with this route. Building an East Coast Hydrogen Highway system is well overdue. The West Coast has already taken a big lead in this arena. But, it’s good to see a company like SunHydro stepping up to make this happen.