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California enlists Linde to develop two more hydrogen-fuel stations

08.05.2014  |  HP News

The award is part of the $46.6 million funding program the California Energy Commission has committed this year to expand the infrastructure of its retail hydrogen fueling.


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 Tuesday.

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 centers. 

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 cell cars. 

"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." 

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Tom Creswell

Would like feedback from the auto manufacturers on the RANGE- the mileage you get from one tank of H2. The energy density of H2 is so much less (even at 3000 psig) than gasoline, that I think the miles between fill-ups will be shortened, and the gas tank much bigger and heavier. Also, I would not dare park my vehicle in a garage- eventually the gas tank will leak, leading to explosion in a closed garage. Just like an LPG tank.

M. Reda

Something strange happened 50 million years ago when the dinosaurs were mysteriously buried underground (Dinosaurs Dome Day). The decomposition of the dinosaur’s meat underground is a process that took millions of years to produce crude oil. It is a very wasteful to use any crude oil derivative as fuel. I mean just burn it. Hydrogen is going to replace gasoline and so the price of plastic and petrochemicals that use crude oil derivative as raw materials will go down. This is because hydrogen will be the fuel of the future and there are more raw materials available for petrochemicals and plastic. What I am saying is that the beneficial effect of hydrogen not only because it is green (water the only product after combustion) but also because of the indirect effect of hydrogen on the cost of plastic and petrochemicals.


If the hydrogen is created via electrolysis using various renewable energy sources then you cut greenhouse emissions.


Is Hydrogen Technology economically viable enough to replace fossil fuel powered vehicles?
I may be wrong, but according to my knowledge, most of the hydrogen produced today is obtained by reforming of fossil fuels (which are non-renewable) and substantial amounts of carbon dioxide is also produced in these processes. So effectively are we reducing green house gas emissions by replacing fossil fuel powered cars with hydrogen fuel cell cars?

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