Michigan’s Mass Transit Authority has announced plans to launch a 20-acre solar-powered refueling station to provide energy for its new fleet of hydrogen-electric powered buses. The move comes as part of a coordinated effort to improve the state’s air quality.
Following its purchase of the buses—which run up to 300 miles without needing to be refueled—the agency faced criticisms that the fleet did not meet clean air goals because electricity used to create hydrogen fuel often comes from coal-fired power plants. The solar station however will allow the MTA to generate hydrogen fuel on-site, which will provide enough energy for the entire transit facility.
The project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2012.