SCVNews.com | City installs hydrogen fuel cells for back-up power to traffic lights

The City of Santa Clarita has taken a big step forward in protecting public safety during power outages by installing a new hydrogen fuel cell backup power system at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Whites Canyon Road in Canyon Country.

Such a system, which has only been implemented by a handful of government agencies across the country, keeps traffic lights in normal operation for more than 50 hours after a power outage, much longer than the eight hours offered by traditional battery backup systems.

Soledad Canyon Road and Whites Canyon Road form a major traffic intersection in the city of Santa Clarita. This location has also been affected by several public safety blackout events in recent years, which have had significant negative effects on traffic.

A hydrogen fuel cell backup power system maintains public safety by maintaining traffic during prolonged power outages such as PSPS events. This reduces the need for city field staff to install and operate noisy gas or diesel generators and temporary shutdown signs while also reducing the need for Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station staff. Valley to direct traffic so they can focus on more critical safety needs.

The new system uses a clean energy source that produces no emissions and is certified by the California Air Resources Board. The system is the first of its kind in Santa Clarita, and the city intends to roll out similar solutions to other intersections in the future.

For more information on the city’s traffic and transportation planning efforts, please contact Cesar Romo, Traffic Sign System Administrator, by email at [email protected]

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