Shell’s Fourth in Area, by Powertech Labs, Natural Gas-Fed
Shell Hydrogen will open its fourth Southern California fueling station in Newport Beach on Tuesday, citing a collaborative effort with the California Air Resources Board “to diversify road transport options.”
Hydrogen will be produced on-site via hydrolysis using natural gas as feedstock, Shell says – a process also known as reforming.
Vancouver’s Powertech Labs was the prime contractor for the station.
“Our customers are utilizing it today,” American Honda hydrogen guru Steve Ellis told F&F on Friday. The new Shell facility, he says, “normalizes the hydrogen fueling station more than anything that’s ever been built.”
“An entire island of dispensers has been dedicated to hydrogen, so that four vehicles can fuel at once,” Ellis says.
The new Shell station has two hoses for 10,000-psi (700 bar) fueling and two for 5,000 psi – as suitable for Honda’s FCX Clarity car.
The July 31 event at at 1600 Jamboree Road in Newport Beach will include a demonstration fill-up of a Mercedes-Benz F-Cell (B-Class) vehicle by Daimler. The F-Cell has 10,000-psi (700 bar) hydrogen storage tanks.
Shell executives including hydrogen operations manager Andreas Pagel, U.S. hydrogen project manager Jim Martin, and alterative energies commercial manager Matias Sanchez-Cane will be on hand, as will Analisa Bevan, chief of sustainable transportation technology with CARB – and Steve Ellis of American Honda.
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Source: Shell event notice and Fleets & Fuels follow-up