Raymond J. Kenard President American Wind Power & Hydrogen
Mr. Kenard was involved with hydrogen technology in the early 1960s. His efforts led to the construction of early installations of large scale high pressure steam methane reforming facilities including the world's largest (at the time) 50 million standard cubic feet per day steam reformer at the Tidewater Oil Refinery in Avon California. He also built the first two pressure swing adsorption units for hydrogen purification for Celanese based on the original ESSO R&D patents.
Mr. Kenard founded American Wind Power & Hydrogen LLC in 2004. He recognized that the internal combustion engine could be fueled by hydrogen and that the transition to a hydrogen transportation economy did not have to wait for the development of fuel cell vehicles. His company was awarded one of the first two hydrogen technology grants by New York State Energy Research & Development Authority for several hydrogen-fueled Toyota Prius vehicles and a fueling station at the State University at Buffalo.
NYSERDA has recently committed the funding for American Wind Power & Hydrogen's Albany HyIMPACT Project at the Albany International Airport. The project will include four hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine vehicles, a fueling station, hydrogen supply and safety training. Vehicles will be used by the Capital District Transportation Authority and Airport Authority's personnel. Additional phases are planned for the HyIMPACT Project, including transit buses for CDTA and production of low cost hydrogen from renewable resources.