Ah, yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like X-prize. Well, not really, just one small step towards it as hydrogen technology meets the Christmas holiday season.
Last night in Sacramento, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger lighted a Christmas tree powered by hydrogen fuel cell to kick off the holiday season. Governor Schwarzenegger along with First Lady Maria Shriver opened the Lighting Ceremony on the west steps of the State Capitol building, showing their support for energy efficiency and hydrogen technology.
Television host Pat O’Brien was the Master of Ceremonies for the event and Grammy-winning vocalist Anita Baker gave a special performance. Altergy Systems of Folsom along with the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative provided the 1 kw fuel cell to power the lights on the tree.
Besides the zero emissions fuel cell, the 55-foot white fir tree, which was donated by the U.S. Forest Service, is strung with energy efficient LED bulbs. The Christmas tree is off the grid so in case of a blackout it will still shine brightly throughout the holiday season.
One can even picture it now that in the storybooks of the future, Santa’s sleigh and even Rudolph’s bright red nose will be powered by onboard hydrogen fuel cell. It could happen.