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California & Toyota Invest in H2 Fueling

May 2, 2014 in Hydrogen, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

State Awards $46.6 Million to Eight for Hydrogen Infrastructure,
Toyota Puts Reported $7.2 Million into Big Winner FirstElement

The California Energy Commission said this week that it will invest $46.6 million in public access hydrogen fueling stations “to promote a consumer market for zero-emission fuel cell vehicles.” Toyota said it’s collaborating with Newport Beach, Calif.-based FirstElement Fuel, by far the largest designated recipient of CEC funding – nearly $27.6 million for 19 hydrogen fueling outlets, two of them to be based wholly on renewables.

With considerable fanfare, Toyota opened this hydrogen vehicle fueling station in Torrance, Calif. nearly three years ago. Such fanfare for a single hydrogen outlet may soon seem quaint.

With considerable fanfare, Toyota opened this hydrogen vehicle fueling station in Torrance, Calif. nearly three years ago. Such fanfare for a single hydrogen outlet may soon seem quaint.

Toyota’s investment in FirstElement is “at least $7.2 million,” according to a Friday report. The actual amount will depend on the final CEC award to FirstElement, Toyota said.

According to the CEC proposal, FirstElement stands to receive $2,902,000 to construct two 100% renewable refueling stations in Los Angeles, and $24,667,000 for 17 stations in Campbell, Coalinga, Costa Mesa, Hayward, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, La Canada Flintridge, Long Beach, Mill Valley, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Saratoga, South Pasadena, South San Francisco, Redwood City and Truckee.

13 North, 15 South

CEC’s recommended funding awards to eight different applicants were made through ARFVTP, the agency’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, via Program Opportunity Notice/PON-13-607. They include six 100% renewable hydrogen fueling stations. They will add 13 new locations in Northern California and 15 in Southern California, “strategically located to create a refueling network along major corridors and in regional centers.”

Toyota has pledged to bring a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to market in 2015.

Toyota has pledged to bring a new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to market in 2015.

“California will accelerate the construction of a reliable and affordable refueling infrastructure to support the commercial market launch of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles,” Energy Commissioner Janea Scott said in a release.

A mobile hydrogen fueler by the Institute of Gas Technology “will provide added reliability to the early hydrogen refueling network to provide refueling capability when stations are off-line,” CEC said. IGT is in line for $999,677 for the mobile fueler.

‘California Has Stepped Up’

“California has stepped up with the offer to invest $200 million dollars to build 100 stations,” Toyota senior operations VP Bob Carter said in a release. “Through this financial arrangement with FirstElement, Toyota is showing its full commitment to deploy zero emission fuel cell vehicles here in California.

“Perhaps most importantly,” Carter said, “we are showing the future owners of this amazing technology that Toyota is helping to ensure that hydrogen refueling will be available, no matter what car brand is on the hood.”

Toyota said that Linde plans to build a hydrogen fueling station on its property in San Ramon, Calif., adjacent to the Toyota San Francisco regional office and parts distribution center. Linde stands to receive $4,250,000 from CEC for hydrogen stations in San Ramon and Oakland.

FirstElement Fuel CA map

FirstElement Fuel envisions a renewable hydrogen future for California.

The other designated recipients are

  • Air Liquide Industrial U.S. – $2,125,000 to construct a 100% renewable hydrogen refueling station in Palo Alto;
  • HyGen Industries – $5,306,814 to construct three 100% renewable hydrogen refueling stations in Orange, Pacific Palisades and Rohnert Park;
  • ITM Power – $2,125,000 to construct a station in Riverside;
  • Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corp – $2,125,000 to construct a station in Woodside; and
  • Ontario CNG Station – $2,125,000 to construct a station in Ontario.

The recommended awards will add 28 new hydrogen stations to nine existing outlets and 17 under development, CEC said. “These 54 hydrogen refueling stations represent significant progress towards meeting California’s goal of establishing a 100-station network to support the full commercialization of fuel cell vehicles in California,” the agency said.


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Source: CEC and Toyota with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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