Does Shell know something about the DOE's hydrogen funding plans that others don't? Or did it forget that the Shell CEO said recently that biofuels are the future? Whatever's going in internally, the energy giant is moving forward with plans to open a series of hydrogen refueling stations in New York. Today, the company opened a second NYC station – at JFK international airport – and will break the seal on another, this one in the Bronx, later this month. An H2 station in White Plains has been open since April 2008. Shell calls it their "first cluster of hydrogen filling stations," and the stations are all about 30 miles apart. The new JFK location can be used by "agreed vehicles only."

Last year, Shell opened a combined hydrogen and gasoline refueling station in Los Angeles (pictured) and also operates stations in Tokyo, Reykjavik, Shanghai, Washington, D.C. and New York..

[Source: Shell via Green Car Congress, GM]


GM Welcomes Shell Hydrogen Station Opening at JFK

Creates First Cluster of Hydrogen filling stations

JAMAICA, New York - Shell today opened its second hydrogen filling station in the greater New York City area, providing improved access to hydrogen for drivers of fuel cell Chevrolet Equinoxes participating in Project Driveway.

Project Driveway selects consumers who sign up on the Internet in the greater New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. to participate for two months at a time in the demonstration.

Shell will open a third third station this summer in the Bronx in conjunction with the New York City Department of Sanitation.

Shell hydrogen station in White Plains has been operating there for more than a year, making up Shell's first cluster of hydrogen filling stations.

The station opening Tuesday at JFK International Airport is a partnership between Shell, General Motors Co., the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the US Department of Energy.

"These partnerships are critical to building the infrastructure that will make hydrogen a relevant alternative fuel in the future as well as a key to the ongoing success of Project Driveway," said Larry Burns, GM vice president of R&D and Strategic Planning.

The cluster of stations that will provide New York drivers of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles with greater flexibility and convenience is a significant step on from stand-alone, demonstration stations and is part of Shell's strategy to build expertise in the distribution and dispensing of hydrogen.

"The prospects for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are strong in the longer-term", said Duncan Macleod, Shell vice president of Hydrogen. "This first cluster is an important step as we continue to build capability in retailing hydrogen fuel, in line with the auto makers' plans to develop hydrogen vehicles."

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