Alternative fueling station underway

Aug 30, 2011

The Mass Transportation Authority broke ground on an alternative fuel facility Aug. 30 in partnership with Kettering and local government.

Kettering University professors and students will soon have a new alternative fuel facility for research and testing. Flint’s Mass Transit Authority broke ground Aug. 30 on a first-of-its-kind hydrogen, propane and electric fueling station at Maple Road and South Dort Highway.

Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed, professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering and part of the team developing the fueling station, said that the collaboration between Kettering the MTA and government is at the forefront of development and research of this type. “But it is our goal to be grounded in what we can do for the local area,” he told those assembled for the groundbreaking.

“This is only one of two places in the country doing this type of research and development, said Micki Hoffman, Grand Blanc Township supervisor, echoing El-Sayed’s comments.

Congressman Dale Kildee, (D-Mich.) said alternative energy is the future of energy. “There are a limited amount of fossil fuels available,” Kildee said, “we have to plan for the future.

The project will be executed in three phases:

  • an alternative fueling station generating hydrogen for two test vehicles;
  • a public/private partnership to build a fueling station open to the public providing hydrogen, compressed natural gas , propane and plug-in connections for electric vehicles;
  • a public/private partnership to build a solar farm to generate the electricity needed to fulfill the fueling station.

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