Study Examining Potential for Hydrogen-Powered Truck Operations in Kentucky Released by State – NKyTribune


By Tom Latek
Kentucky today

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet's (EEC) Office of Energy Policy (OEP) announced Tuesday the results of a feasibility study into operating hydrogen-powered trucks in the state.

The year-long feasibility study could help advance Kentucky's hydrogen economy, reduce freight emissions and strengthen leadership in the manufacturing and transportation sectors.

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The “Feasibility Study for Hydrogen-Powered Truck Operations in Kentucky,” conducted by HDR, Inc., an engineering firm in Lexington, through the efforts of the Kentucky Regional Hydrogen Hub Workgroup, examines the potential for hydrogen-powered truck operations in Kentucky and identifies opportunities and limitations possible sources of financing.

In recent years, the United States Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has established a federally designated national network of hydrogen alternative fuel corridors (AFCs). In Kentucky, hydrogen AFCs include major highways: I-64, I-65, I-71 and I-75.

The AFC designations allow Kentucky to advance funding for public hydrogen stations along these highways. According to the study, the goal is to locate a public hydrogen fueling station on these corridors no more than 150 miles apart in each direction of travel and no more than five miles from the nearest transportation hub or intersection along the AFC. The main difference between this proposal and the electric vehicle charging network proposal is that electric vehicle charging stations would be required every 50 miles.

The study recommended two primary options:

• A single public gas station Built as a hub for regional operations that could serve to accommodate a combination of shipping companies (e.g. Amazon, DHL, UPS), large manufacturing operations (e.g. Toyota or Ford), and/or transit operators (e.g. TARC, TANK, or Lextran).

• A long-range, multi-station refueling operationwhich would likely involve freight transportation for one or more large manufacturing companies (e.g., Toyota, Ford, or GM), although other long-distance shipping companies may also be interested in participating.

“This study is an excellent example of collaboration and transparency between public and private sector stakeholders,” said EEC Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman. “Together, we have created a realistic path to support low-carbon fuel policies and incentives in our transportation sector.”

Hydrogen and other low-carbon renewable fuels are a key priority in Governor Beshear's Energy Strategy (KYE3), which links energy, economic development and the environment, Goodman emphasized.

The full study can be found here.