Thursday, August 17, 2017

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)

Part of the project at JBLM will be to capture the methane gas that is being emitted from the facility's waste water plant.

At JBLM in Fort Lewis, WA, operations are expected to begin in late 2011 to explore hydrogen production through harnessing the digester gas emitted from the installation’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). Currently, the methane generated in the wastewater treatment process is flared to the atmosphere, acting as a source of carbon emissions. This pilot project will capture the methane and use it to produce hydrogen for forklifts fitted with fuel cells operating in a nearby warehouse as well as a fuel cell-powered bus. Equipped with titanium titanate batteries and two 16-kilowatt Hydrogenics fuel cells, the Proterra Hydrogen Hybrid Bus runs on clean electric power emitting only water vapor. For more information on the fuel cell-powered bus, click here.

Fuel cells will be fitted in 19 new forklifts at JBLM.  The performers for the project are Center for Transportation and the Environment (Prime), Air Products, Gas Technology Institute, Plug Power, and Proterra.

These tanks hold propane and are currently used in wastewater treatment plant operations. They will be used for makeup in times of low flow of digester gas for hydrogen production.

Project Update

The following photos were included in a recent interim progress review presentation given by the Center for Transportation and the Environment. These photos highlight construction of various components of the hydrogen fueling infrastructure.