A $4.7 Million Rebuild of Partners’ First H2 Fueling Outlet
Hyundai Motor America is talking up a $3 million award by the California Energy Commission to rebuild an eight-year-old hydrogen fueling facility at the Hyundai America Technical Center in Chino, east of Los Angeles.
The work will be done by Gardena, Calif.-base Hydrogen Frontier. When the $4.7 million project is completed in October 2014, the station, to be based 100% on renewable energy, will be opened to the public.
The CEC award is one of five totaling some $19 million (F&F, June 11). The rebuilt facility in Chino will be able to produce at least 100 kilograms of hydrogen per day, Hyundai says, enough for approximately 6,000 to 9,000 hydrogen vehicle fill-ups per year. Both 350- and 700-bar (5,000- and 10,000-psi) fueling will be available.
‘One More Step Toward Mass Production’
“On top of the $3 million rebuilding project funded by the California Energy Commission grant, an additional $1.7 million funded by partners Hydrogen Frontier Inc., Powertech and ITM Power will go toward modernizing the facility to meet the latest industry standards for hydrogen generation, storage and dispensing,” Hyundai says.
“We are expanding the hydrogen fueling infrastructure and taking one more step toward mass production of a fuel cell electric vehicle,” Hyundai America Technical Center president Dr. Sung Hwan Cho said in a release.
“This was our first hydrogen station in 2005,” said Hydrogen Frontier VP Dan Poppe. “Now, less than 10 years later, we get to do a complete comprehensive update of that same site.”
CEC Workshops This Month
Hyundai says it commenced production of its Tucson Fuel Cell car – known internationally as the ix35 – at its Ulsan plant in Korea in January 2013, making it “the first automaker to begin commercial production of a hydrogen-powered vehicle.”
The vehicle has a 100-kilowatt (134 horsepower) fuel cell drive backed by a 24-kilowatt lithium ion battery pack. It has two 10,000-psi hydrogen fuel tanks affording a single-fill range of 594 kilometers – nearly 370 miles, according to a Hyundai estimate.
The first 15 hydrogen-fueled ix35s were delivered to the City of Copenhagen last month.
CEC will host workshops on hydrogen fueling on August 12, August 16, and, with an emphasis on hydrogen measurement and dispensing, on August 27.
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Source: Hyundai Motor America with Fleets & Fuels follow-up