The Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) is conducting research to develop and validate fuel cell air filtration systems in support of operating fuel cell electric buses in a variety of road grades, elevations, and air quality conditions at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (HAVO). HNEI is also evaluating the logistics requirements of supplying hydrogen to HAVO from a central production site located in Kona on the Big Island.

In 2008 the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (HAVO) was awarded funding to fund the purchase of two plug-in hybrid electric vehicle hydrogen shuttle buses to be used for transport of park visitors. The project supports the NPS Climate Friendly Parks program.  HNEI is installing hydrogen fueling infrastructure at HAVO as a component of its Hawai’i Hydrogen Power Park project. The hydrogen storage and dispensing system will be located at the Kilauea Military Camp (KMC). KMC’s part-time bus drivers will be employed to drive the HAVO shuttles. The hydrogen will be produced at NELHA and transported in 450 bar hydrogen transport trailers to HAVO.

Point Person: Mitch Ewan