CHARLESTON, WV --- A new hydrogen fuel production and dispensing station opened at Yeager Airport in Charleston on Aug. 17, officials told the Charleston Gazette

The station is a joint project of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory and Yeager Airport. It's considered a small-scale demonstration project that can accommodate just a few vehicles each day. 

In exchange for donating the land for the new fueling station, the airport is getting three hydrogen-powered vehicles from the Department of Energy. The airport has also agreed to buy a hydrogen-powered pickup truck previously used in a demonstration project in Arizona. 

Charleston's new hydrogen station will serve as a model for an upcoming facility planned for West Virginia in Morgantown. 

"Having these stations in Charleston and Morgantown creates a corridor allowing hydrogen-powered vehicles to travel between the two cities," explained David Haberman, president of the Mountain States Hydrogen Business Council. A third hydrogen fuel station is expected to be built in Pittsburgh, he added, which would extend the corridor into southwest Pennsylvania.