Hydrogen Back-Up Generation Vehicle (H2BUG)
(H2BUG) - mobile zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell backup generation vehicles
This project will design, build, test, and demonstrate two mobile zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell backup generation vehicles (H2BUGs). The goal of the H2BUG project is to be able to drive 90 miles each way to emergency and disaster relief locations and provide at least 35 kW of continuous power for a minimum of 48 hours. The H2BUGs will be designed based on an emergency disaster relief vehicle that will be developed under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) H2Rescue program.
Fuel cells are quiet during operation as they have fewer moving parts. In addition, the PEM fuel cell on H2BUG turns off rather than idles like a diesel generator and the system can still provide full power from the high voltage batteries when the PEM fuel cell is off, leading to quieter operation.
Mobile diesel generators are only used to provide power. They need to be towed to an emergency or disaster relief site and need frequent refueling. H2BUG is a fully self-contained system that can drive to/from an emergency or disaster relief site, provide exportable power, supply up to 10 gallons of water and serve as an incident command vehicle. It is also fully self-sufficient as it brings its own fuel on-board.
H2BUG uses hydrogen to drive and generate export power reducing the consumption of diesel fuel to transport and operate a diesel generator. It also eliminates the risk of diesel fuel spills when refueling a diesel generator. If fueled with green electrolytic hydrogen, H2BUG can be powered by 100% renewable sources of energy like solar and wind power.
Key Project Members
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)
Breathe Southern California
The Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)