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DETROIT -- BP has opened a hydrogen fueling station as part of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) project that will test fuel cell vehicles and fueling infrastructure in the U.S. The station, located at the NextEnergy Center here, will supply fuel to DaimlerChrysler fuel cell vehicles, in a move that will help bring hydrogen to broad market distribution, the company stated.
The station, a joint effort between BP, DaimlerChrysler and NextEnergy, is supported by the DOE's five-year fuel cell vehicle and infrastructure validation effort.
"BP is committed to developing cleaner fuels. This newest station allows us to continue our ongoing work to gain real-world experience in hydrogen fueling infrastructure and help build public awareness of this developing technology," said Bill Fitzharris, general manager of technology for hydrogen transport for BP. "This program is a great opportunity for government, energy companies and the auto industry to work collaboratively to develop alternative fuel for the future," he continued.
The NextEnergy Center provides a unique platform for alternative fuel innovators like BP to test and validate their technologies in a real world environment, said Jim Croce, NextEnergy's CEO.
BP has partnered with DaimlerChrysler and Ford to develop additional hydrogen fueling stations in Michigan, Florida and California.