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Hydrogen-powered vehicles sign of future

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii (AFPN) -- Along with the increasing number of hybrid vehicles sharing the roadways with traditional fossil-fueled autos, there has also been an increase of hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles on Air Force bases.

Hydrogen station officials here say the concept of hydrogen isn't new. NASA has been using the substance for both propulsion and power generation in the form of fuel cells aboard the space shuttles for years. Now the Air Force is bringing that technology down to earth.

Staff Sgt. Scott May said the experience of working with these vehicles may take some getting used to.

"It's pretty cool being part of something like this," he said. "I know we are going to see more of it. "

Smarter renewable energy sources translates into smarter transportation down the road. As part of Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century, the Air Force will look for new ways to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. At Hickam, it's already happening.