Cal State L.A. Claims a Commercialization Milestone
The Cal State L.A. Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility in Los Angeles has become the first hydrogen fueling station in California to be certified to sell to the public, the school said Tuesday.
The facility recently passed a “rigorous” state performance evaluation and can now sell hydrogen by the kilogram to drivers of fuel cell vehicles.
“This is a milestone in the commercialization of hydrogen in preparation for the next generation of electric vehicles,” Michael Dray, technical operations manager at the fueling facility, said in a release. “It’s equivalent to getting the first sticker from the state government to sell gasoline by the gallon.”
Backed by Gov. Brown’s Go-Biz
According to the announcement, Gov. Jerry Brown’s office informed the university this month that the fueling facility had received the certification, known as California Type Approval. “The state is leading the effort to develop such facilities and has allocated $200 million during the next decade to further the construction of a hydrogen-fueling network across California,” says the Cal State L.A. release.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz) said the hydrogen station’s certification “demonstrates that close coordination between government and industry can enable a seamless and fair consumer experience for this critical technology.”
“GO-Biz commends the entire team at Cal State L.A. for their work to advance the commercial success of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles,” said Go-Biz zero emission vehicle infrastructure project manager Tyson Eckerle.
Opened last May, the fueling station at Cal State L.A. is the largest such facility on a university campus in the U.S. It produces hydrogen on site, and is “capable of using renewable sources such as solar and wind power for hydrogen production.”
In the last six months, visitors from Korea, Japan, China, Russia, Germany and Scotland have toured the facility.
Also according to the Cal State L.A. release, prototype hydrogen vehicles from Audi, Honda, Hyundai, General Motors, Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen have all fueled at the station.
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Source: Cal State L.A. with Fleets & Fuels follow-up