UAB to study hydrogen cell-powered buses

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A hydrogen cell-powered transit bus will carry passengers next year as part of a study to determine if the fuel-efficient vehicles can operate as part of Birmingham's transit fleet.

A UAB School of Engineering team will work with four other teams, including one from Auburn University, to design and evaluate the 30-foot prototype bus on a variety of routes.

The Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority will operate the bus that will be compared to regular diesel and natural gas buses.

The project is funded through a congressional earmark from U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby to research alternative fuels and hydrogen.

Two small hydrogen fuel cells will be used to power a bus in Phase I of the study.

If that works, the next phase will use a larger cell.

--- Information from: The Birmingham News

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