At the California Fuel Cell Partnership public meeting in October, Shell was invited to become a member of CaFCP’s executive board. Shell is the first energy company to join the board. Shell and its affiliates within the Shell Group of Companies are taking part in various initiatives to encourage the adoption of hydrogen as a transport fuel. Shell currently operates two hydrogen refueling stations in California, located in Newport Beach and Torrance, and was awarded ARFVTP funding to build seven additional stations.
The Mountain View hydrogen station is open for business! It is the 32nd retail hydrogen station in California and was developed by Linde North America. Linde also operates the San Ramon, San Juan Capistrano and West Sacramento hydrogen stations.
Mountain View is located in Silicon Valley, a key early adopter area for all types of electric vehicles, including fuel cell electric.
The California Air Resources Board and the California Energy Commission released the Joint Agency Staff Report on Assembly Bill 8: 2017 Annual Assessment of Time and Cost Needed to Attain 100 Hydrogen Refueling Stations in California that follows two previously published joint reports in accordance with Assembly Bill 8 (AB 8) that was signed into law in 2013.
Thanksgiving will soon be upon us, marking the launch of the holiday season. It also causes us to reflect on our accomplishments, individual and collective, personal and professional.
At the Fuel Cell Partnership, we wanted to express our thanks to the many individuals, organizations, and accomplishments in the hydrogen and fuel cell world that we have encountered over the past year.
Below is the list that we have compiled. We apologize for anyone or anything we’ve forgotten – so much has happened in 2017!
On November 8, the Energy Commission issued a “Revised Notice of Proposed Awards” that recommends five additional stations previously recommended for funding by Energy Commission staff. The newly awarded stations are:
California Hydrogen Infrastructure Tool (CHIT) 2017 Release Update and Grant Funding Opportunity Implementation Webinar, November 14
California Air Resources Board staff will host a technical discussion in Sacramento to review the most recent updates to the California Hydrogen Infrastructure Tool. CHIT is built in the ArcGIS environment to perform geographically-detailed assessments of need for new hydrogen fueling infrastructure to support the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles. CARB will also discuss methods by which information from the tool was integrated into Coverage, Capacity, and Market Viability evaluations of station applications in response to the California Energy Commission’s GFO15-605. The goal is to provide stakeholders with a comprehensive understanding of the new features of the tool, the analyses performed by CARB using the tool, and use of the tool’s key information outputs in funding programs.
Entering its third year, National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day has expanded in the number of events and increased activity on social media, especially from passenger car drivers. And many supporters have pushed beyond the actual day, October 8, to host events or make announcements in the days that followed.
Nobel laureate and former Energy Secretary gets driven in one of the world's first commercially available fuel cell electric cars to the 232nd ECS meeting for his keynote speech, particularly fitting because electrochemistry was at the heart of enabling this technology. Forty years ago, government, national labs and industry convened to brainstorm options for reducing dependence on foreign oil and the DOE fuel cell program was born. Since then, researchers made great strides, reducing platinum content and improving electrode performance, achieving dramatic cost reductions and durability improvements, eventually enabling industry to commercialize fuel cell technology.