The California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded $4.3 million
to Linde North America to construct retail hydrogen fueling
stations in Northern California, the groups announced on
The stations will be located at the Oakland International
Airport and on Toyota-owned property in San Ramon,
California, adjacent to Toyota's San Francisco regional
office and parts distribution center.
The award is part of a $46.6 million funding program the CEC
has committed this year to expand the retail hydrogen fueling
infrastructure within the state.
"This is a huge shot in the arm for the commercialization of
hydrogen-fueled cars,' said Mike Beckman, head of hydrogen
fueling for Linde North America. "Not just for California and
the US, but for the global initiative as well. California is
taking the lead, and by adding additional funds for 28 new
retail stations sends a strong message about how serious one
market is about setting up the infrastructure to promote the
introduction of zero-emission vehicles."
The grants, made through CEC's alternative and renewable fuel
and vehicle technology
program, were made to
eight applicants and will add 13 new hydrogen fueling
locations in Northern California and 15 in Southern
California, strategically located to create a refueling
network along major corridors and in regional
The California legislature has authorized CEC to spend $20
million/year over the next 10 years to build up to 100
stations, in order to advance the commercialization of fuel
"Transitioning to low- and zero-emission vehicles is critical
to meeting air quality goals and to reducing the emissions
that lead to climate
change," said Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. "With this
funding, California will accelerate the construction
of a reliable and
affordable refueling infrastructure to support the commercial
market launch of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles."
Toyota, Honda and Hyundai have already committed to
commercial introduction of fuel cell cars by the end of this
year and beginning of next year.
"Others will soon follow," Beckman said. "So we're moving
closer to hydrogen-fueled automobiles becoming a commercial
reality. We are currently cooperating with Toyota and the
Port of Oakland and appreciate their support. The next step
for us is to commercialize our first two retail stations and
prove that Linde can lead the way in high performance, high
throughput retail hydrogen fueling."