Comprehensive Hydrogen Implementation Plan


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Comprehensive Hydrogen Implementation Plan

  1. 1. C OMPREHENSIVE H YDROGEN I MPLEMENTATION P ROPOSAL “CHIP” <ul><li>PRESENTED TO </li></ul><ul><li>DENR Secretary Dee Freeman </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday, September 10, 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>by Stan Thompson </li></ul><ul><li>Mooresville / South Iredell </li></ul><ul><li>Hydrogen Economy Advancement Team </li></ul>
  2. 2. THE PRESENT SITUATION: <ul><li>There is virtually no hydrogen manufacturing growth in NC. </li></ul><ul><li>Annually, $5 million of NC’s US tax goes to build hydrogen growth in competing states. </li></ul><ul><li>Motorsports, NC’s biggest industry, is at risk of moving to CA. </li></ul><ul><li>NC has bet the store on biofuels; is losing. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of technical knowledge in public media is the prime barrier to progress. </li></ul><ul><li>Energy purchase is the largest single outflow from the NC economy. </li></ul><ul><li>Metro Charlotte could face up tp $6 billion in sanctions for non-attainment. </li></ul>
  3. 3. THE DESIRED SITUATION <ul><li>NC is a national center for non-automotive transportation hydrogen application manufacture—transit. </li></ul><ul><li>NC motorsports help lead R&D and visibility in Alternative Fuel Vehicle racing and race tourism—especially re hydrogen. </li></ul><ul><li>NC deserves, requests, receives an equitable proportion of the US DOE hydrogen research funding. </li></ul><ul><li>NC is positioned to thrive in the Hydrogen Economy when/if technology evolution marginalizes biofuels. </li></ul><ul><li>Media in NC and everywhere report the State’s innovations. </li></ul><ul><li>NC evolves toward a world-leading hydrogen fuel and vehicle support infrastructure. </li></ul>
  4. 4. RESOURCES WE HAVE <ul><li>An offer by respected transit vehicle manufacturer Proterra LLC to build the world’s first hydrolley plant if incentives suffice. </li></ul><ul><li>World reputation for leadership in the transition to hydrail from diesel (via International Hydrail Conferences ). </li></ul><ul><li>NC motorsports as a “bully pulpit” for the introduction of non-carbon fuel racing: hydrogen, electric and hybrids. </li></ul><ul><li>The 4-dam Yadkin hydroelectric complex could generate enough electrolysis hydrogen to supply NC’s vehicle hydrogen needs with renewable, zero-carbon hydrogen for perhaps five-to-ten years. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong support by Appalachian State University, UNC-C and Charlotte Research Institute. </li></ul>
  5. 5. RESOURCES WE LACK <ul><li>High-visibility leadership toward CHIP by elected officials and focuses support by Federal and State agencies toward its realization. </li></ul><ul><li>Media grasp of even minimal technical knowledge to include the general public in new energy directions. </li></ul><ul><li>Bank and utility leadership, due to media exclusion of the public from energy solutions discussion—especially re hydrogen. </li></ul><ul><li>Support of alternative fuel technology by Racing. </li></ul><ul><li>A core competence in the University System to acquire and use Federal hydrogen funding to attract and grow hydrogen industry in the State. </li></ul><ul><li>Public knowledge to support the will to compete for hydrogen economy employers like Proterra. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Note that NC is not even on the chart.
  7. 7. THE CHIP CONCEPT <ul><li>The C omprehensive H ydrogen I mplementation P roposal is the present state of a 7-year Mooresville effort to do three things: (a) to introduce the first American hydrail train on CATS and the first hydrolley lines in Charlotte and Raleigh (b) to leverage that innovation to make our region a new center for hydrogen technology, beginning with transit manufacture (c) to help Centralina clean its air and avoid Federal sanctions. </li></ul><ul><li>CHIP is a critical mass of hydrogen planning to integrate: •  manufacturing growth • energy R&D • extending the State’s motorsports longevity and revenue •  and to put NC on a unique path toward renewable non-carbon energy independence. </li></ul>
  8. 8. CHIP: WHAT WE DO FIRST <ul><li>Announce CHIP as a regional effort to move North Carolina decisively toward the hydrogen economy and H 2 based energy independence. </li></ul><ul><li>Engage US EPA, DOE and DOT to maximize the visible contribution of CHIP to national policies and initiatives. </li></ul><ul><li>Migrate NC’s existing hydrogen infrastructure away from CO 2 –intensive methane reformation and toward in-state electrolysis and importation of chemical byproduct hydrogen. </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-establish an ad hoc recruitment incentived program in NC Commerce for hydrogen-related industries. </li></ul><ul><li>Work to dispel the cloud of urban myths surrounding hydrogen. </li></ul>
  9. 9. CHIP IN CENTRAL NC: • Position now for eastern US H 2 car introduction market • Encourage H 2 pace cars to boost race tourism • Partner with US DOT to make NC’s cities a national H 2 transit lab. • Use carbon-free NC H 2 to fuel a trial school district’s buses H 2 ICE. • Recruit H 2 industry (rail?) to Badin plant . • Redouble efforts to win Proterra LLC for the State. • Get NASCAR Tech to train nation’s H 2 bus mechanics. • Foster H 2 technology / race tourism synergy.