5/2/2014 | 1 MINUTE READ

California Releases More Funds for Hydrogen Fueling Network

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The California Energy Commission has awarded $47 million in grants to build 28 hydrogen refueling stations in the state.

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The California Energy Commission has awarded $47 million in grants to build 28 hydrogen refueling stations in the state. The program, intended to support fuel cell-powered vehicles, also includes a mobile refueling rig.

California has only nine hydrogen stations currently in operation and is already preparing to install 17 more. Last year the state announced a 10-year, $200 million plan to open 100 such facilities.

There are a few dozen fuel cell passenger vehicles in operation in California now. Hyundai is preparing to lease a hydrogen-powered version of its Tucson crossover there, and Toyota plans to introduce a midsize fuel cell sedan in 2015. Honda, which already operates a small fleet of FCX Clarity hydrogen sedans in the state, will replace that model with a new version next year.

Earlier this week the U.S. Dept. of Energy announced its own program dubbed H2FIRST to speed development and reduce the cost of hydrogen refueling stations. The research will be coordinated by Sandia National Laboratories' Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation in California and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Energy Systems Integration Facility in Colorado.

DOE expects the initiative to eventually include automakers, representatives from the energy and industrial gas sectors, system component manufacturers and state and regional government agencies.