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SFO airport hydrogen fuelling station "likely headed for scrap heap"
Transportation, July 25 2012 (The Hydrogen Journal)
- Plans for a hydrogen fuelling station at San Francisco airport are "likely headed for the scrap heap," according to Joshua Melvin, a reporter at Mercury News /San Mateo County Times, San Francisco.
John Martin, director of the airport, has recommended shelving the project, Mr Melvin has reported.
Linde, the supplier of the hydrogen fuelling station, rejected a request from the airport that it accept full legal responsibility for any accidents at the station.
The airport management have also noted the fire due to a hydrogen leak at a bus refuelling facility in Emeryville, San Francisco, on May 4 this year, as well as hydrogen leaks in the Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan.
"These risk factors portend an incompatibility for a hydrogen fuel station near active runways and major roadways," Mr Martin wrote.
"A hydrogen explosion in close proximity to active runways and a highway could be catastrophic and result in significant loss of life."
$61,000 has already been invested in the hydrogen fuelling station site. It has also been offered $1.7m state grants and $2.4m for a hydrogen powered airport bus.