Fort Lewis Hydrogen Fuel Cell Pilot Program

Fort Lewis Hydrogen Fuel Cell Pilot Program

CTE has contracted to provide a turnkey hydrogen and fuel cell demonstration project at the U.S. Army’s Forces Command at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, WA. The project includes the key elements of a clean hydrogen energy cycle:

  • A renewable energy supply in the form of recovered wastewater treatment plant digester gas
  • Local hydrogen generation via digester gas cleanup and reformation
  • Bulk hydrogen storage, transport, and dispensing
  • Hydrogen load in the form of 19 fuel cell powered electric forklifts and one fuel cell powered shuttle bus

The project consists of approximately 16 months of infrastructure and vehicle development/deployment followed by a year of pilot program operations and data collection. The hydrogen generation system, designed and supplied by Gas Technology Institute (GTI), consists of three key components: digester gas cleanup, biomethane reformation, and hydrogen purification. Air Products is providing hydrogen transportation, compression, storage, and dispensing equipment, as well as hydrogen backup. Plug Power Inc. is providing 19 class 1 GenDriveā„¢ fuel cell units to power a fleet of sit-down lift trucks, to be used at the logistics facility during the 24 month pilot period. Proterra is delivering a 35′, composite-body, plug-in, battery-dominant fuel cell hybrid electric bus.

Project Manager

Jason Hanlin

Funding Source


Geographic Location

West Coast

Technology Focus

Fuel Cell