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Tech Pau Hana in West Hawaii

Time: June 23, 2014 from 5pm to 7:30pm
Location: Puuwaawaa Ranch, Hawaii Island
Phone: 808-989-0977
Event Type: meetup, networking, pau, hana
Organized By: Rod Hinman
Latest Activity: Jun 23, 2014

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Presenter:  Paul Ponthieux, CTO Blue Planet Research
Title: Hydrogen as a renewable fuel for Hawaii Island

Note: this is a field trip, and will not be at the normal location.

Hydrogen can be used as a fuel to power vehicles, homes, or even cook food.  It can also be used to store excess energy from solar, wind, or geothermal electricity generators.  Could it be part of the energy mix for Hawaii Island?  Blue Planet Research has been pioneering the real-world testing and integration of energy generation technologies from vendors worldwide, including photovoltaics, batteries, electrolyzers, and fuel cells.  Plans are in the works to erect hydrogen fueling stations around the island in anticipation of fuel cell vehicle availability. 

Come tour the energy workshop at Pu`uwa`aw`a Ranch with Blue Planet Research CTO Paul Ponthieux.  We will see a vanadium-redox flow battery and a hydrogen generation, storage, and vehicle fueling system.  Enjoy drinks and pupus afterward, some cooked on a hydrogen grill.

This pau hana is BYOB/potluck, so please bring a pupu and beverage to share.  Reusable plates and cups are encouraged, as is taking home your own trash.

RSVP for directions and so we can plan for the number of people.

Agenda:
5:00-5:15 p.m. Networking
5:15-6:15 p.m. Presentation and Q&A
6:30-7:30 p.m. Pupus, drinks, and more networking

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Comment by Theodore Stethem on May 16, 2014 at 9:31am

The fuel cell buses in Vancouver BC are ending in financial failure. The hydrogen was costing 3 times more than diesel and the operating/repair costs were almost double. They found the water exhaust froze during the winter and unclogging was time consuming and expensive. They are being replaced by diesel buses. Fuel cell vehicles will have to succeed on the mainland to become available to Hawaii island, even though the infrastructure/temperature problem isn't here. Also, the cost of a platinum catalyst for the PEM fuel cell is a big cost factor. Only recently, does it appear graphene may be a better catalyst, and a whole lot cheaper.

Comment by Rod Hinman on May 14, 2014 at 12:07pm

Agreed, the infrastructure should not be as much of a hurdle as for the mainland (good to have some of those situations occasionally).

Comment by Theodore Stethem on May 13, 2014 at 9:46pm

This question has been answered, the chicken came first:

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/the-chicken-came-first-scientists-say-so...

And at some point, it was a pre-chicken ancestor that laid the egg with the mutation in it that was a chicken.

The hydrogen fuel station infrastructure isn't as big of a hurdle on Hawaii island compared to the mainland. The Toyota FC has a range over 300 miles before refueling. It would take two fueling stations, one on each side and you pretty much have the island covered. 

http://tessant.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/honda-sol...

Comment by Rod Hinman on May 13, 2014 at 11:35am

They are hoping to have a few fueling stations to address the "egg" part of the problem.  Or is that the chicken?

Comment by Theodore Stethem on May 12, 2014 at 5:12pm

Sounds like a great event. Toyota is introducing their fuel cell car next year. They have said they have a price target competitive with the Tesla sedan. Honda already has operational solar hydrogen stations, separating water. Volcano is close to getting two hydrogen buses and there is the possibility of a hydrogen station near PGV. It is gradual but fuel cell transportation is gradually rolling out on Hawaii island. It will still be expensive at first but costs will go down over time, like all high tech.

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