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Clean energy partnership demonstrates ‘alternative’ way to move aircraft

September 24, 2019

From the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) website

Hawaii Air National Guard Photograph

The Hawaii Air National Guard [HIANG] demonstrated the use of alternative energy to tow a KC-135 Stratotanker here July 18.

A U-30 Aircraft Tow Tractor retrofitted with hydrogen fuel cells was used to tow the 186,000 pound aircraft on the flightline of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and demonstrate the efficacy of the technology, showing one way the U.S. Air Force could incorporate the use of renewable energy in conducting operational missions while lessening its dependency on fossil fuels.

According to the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies [HCATT], the event marked the first time hydrogen fuel cell technology had been used to tow a large USAF aircraft and was made possible through a collaborative effort of a consortium of public and private entities.

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Congratulations in order: In this article, David Molinaro is identified as the project manager. However, Dave is now the Acting Director, Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT). He takes over for Stanley Osserman, who retired on July 31

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