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Shell Plans World's Largest H2 Fueled Public Transport
July 6, 2006 – Shell Hydrogen BV has announced plans to work towards creating the world's largest hydrogen-fuelled public transport operation in Rotterdam, reports Shell will be working in partnership with Connexxion Holding N.V. and MAN Truck & Bus Company N.V., and the project aims to have the largest hydrogen bus fleet operational in a shingle region before the end of the decade. A Memorandum of Understanding signed last week indicates that Shell Hydrogen and its partners will conduct an in-depth economic and technical study of the project and to seek additional stakeholders before making a possible investment decision in 2007. The proposal includes more than 20 hydrogen internal combustion engine (HICE) buses manufactured by the bus builder MAN Nutzfahrzeuge and its subsidiary NEOMAN Bus. The system would be operated by Connexxion, one of the main Dutch public transport companies, and the buses will be fuelled from a Shell combined gasoline-hydrogen service station – the first in the Netherlands. The station is expected to be built and the buses operational by 2009. The same service station will also sell traditional fuels to ordinary motorists. The Rotterdam project follows a successful three-year trial in Amsterdam, where Shell Hydrogen together with partners worked on the infrastructure and operation of three fuel cell hydrogen buses. The five-year project will evaluate public reaction as well as the reliability and economics of using hydrogen to fuel public transport in major urban areas. It will also help to establish technical standards for operating hydrogen fuel outlets.

HyRadix to Supply Sunline's Hydrogen Fuels
July 5, 2006 – HyRadix Inc., has been awarded the contract to supply hydrogen fuel generation system to SunLine Transit Agency based in Thousand Palms, Calif., reports NGV Global. SunLine, a pioneer in alternative fuels for transit applications, is the first public transit agency to launch a hydrogen fuel generation facility. The purchase of HyRadix's Adeo ™ on-site hydrogen fuel generator will enable SunLine to meet its plans of increasing the size of its hydrogen bus fleet over the next few years. The new hydrogen generation system will be delivered and fully operational in July 2006. "The commercial demand for hydrogen as a fuel will continue to rise to its many benefits and SunLine is proud to be at the forefront of using alternative fuels which provide economic and environmental benefits throughout this region," said Mikel Oglesby, SunLine General Manager.

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