Founded in 1999, the California Fuel Cell Partnership is an industry/government collaboration aimed at expanding the market for fuel cell electric vehicles powered by hydrogen to help create a cleaner, more energy-diverse future with no-compromises zero emission vehicles. Staff from member organizations participate on standing committees and project teams that help ensure that vehicles, stations, regulations and people are in step with each other as the technology comes to market. CaFCP’s success is directly linked to the commitment and involvement of our member organizations.
Collaboration is Key
CaFCP members collaborate on activities that advance the technology, often creating consensus that saves time, effort, and money. Some projects, like public outreach and first responder education, are ongoing and involve a team of staff and members. Other projects arise around one issue, such as a process for commissioning stations. Staff and members come together as a team to address it and, when completed, the project team disbands.
Chair: Ole Hoefelmann
Ole Hoefelmann joined Air Liquide in August 1991. He serves as President of Air Liquide Advanced Technologies U.S. LLC. and Vice President of Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy, Americas. Hoefelmann also serves on the board of directors of three Air Liquide entities: Air Liquide Advanced Technologies U.S. LLC, Air Liquide Advanced Materials Inc., and Air Liquide Alizent Canada, Inc. Ole also serves as chairman of the Board for Air Liquide entity Alizent, U.S.
Serving as a Vice Chair for the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), a partnership created for the collaboration between industry and government, Hoefelmann advises on all matters to ensure progression within the technology and market of hydrogen energy and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Hoefelmann also serves as the Vice Chair for the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA). Based in Washington D.C., FCHEA is focused on advocating, educating and providing a voice to promote the environmental and economical benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies.
Hoefelmann began his career as a business and marketing analyst for the company’s Industrial Merchant entity, and has since held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in the U.S. and Europe. His experience includes Strategy and Marketing, Information Technology, Business Information and Processes, Business Management, and Human Resources. Most recently he was Deputy Director of Human Resources for the Air Liquide Group, Chief Executive Officer of Air Liquide Iberia and Chief Operating Officer for Industrial Merchant and Electronics in the U.S.
Hoefelmann holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from St. Mary’s College of California.
Executive Director: Bill Elrick
Bill Elrick is the California Fuel Cell Partnership’s Executive Director. Previously, he held the Technical Program Director position for 7 years, bringing his active tenure in alternative fuel transportation to 20 years. Under his leadership, CaFCP members have developed new analysis tools and detailed roll-out plans that industry, state and federal agencies reference in planning support for hydrogen stations. He works directly with industry stakeholders including automakers, station developers, medium and heavy duty fuel cell vehicle developers, and government to facilitate collaborative actions that fulfill each organization’s needs. Bill has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Indiana.