A new joint report from the California Energy Commission and Air Resources Board projects that 50 plus hydrogen stations will be operational in California by the end of 2016. The network will have enough capacity to fuel more than 10,000 FCEVs and will provide the foundation for commercial launch of FCEVs in California. Government funding support is crucial to establish and sustain the early-market station network until a sufficient number of FCEVs can create a self-sustaining market.
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Today, the Energy Department's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced the city of San Francisco has been selected as the first Climate Action Champion to pursue hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for local transportation, in addition to new analysis projects by Strategic Analysis, Inc. The nearly $4.75 million in funding for both efforts will go towards the development of education and outreach programs to increase the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen infrastructure, as well as provide detailed cost analyses for hydrogen fuel cell systems, hydrogen storage, and hydrogen production and delivery technologies.
On Thursday, June 23, more than 100 House and Senate staff members, as well as other policy officials, attended the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association's (FCHEA's) 4th annual Congressional Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Policy Briefing on Capitol Hill, a strong reflection of increased awareness of, and interest in, fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.
Senators Bluemthal (D-CT) and Graham (R-SC) opened the briefing by explaining their support for the fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry, the need for sustained funding for research and development, and calling for renewal and extension of needed tax incentives to provide parity in the market.
Other speakers included:
Dr. Sunita Satyapal, Director of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Department of Energy;
Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power;
Jana Barresi, Director of Federal Relations at Walmart;
Frank Wolak, Vice President of FuelCell Energy and Chairman of FCHEA; and,
Jonathan Powers, Managing Director of Public Sector Business Development for Bloom Energy.
The speakers detailed the commercial success of stationary fuel cells and fuel cell-powered material handling equipment, recent commercialization of fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure, and explained why continued support of these technologies remains crucial to the nation's energy future.
Attendance at the event was far greater than expected, with a significant overflow crowd listening at the doorway. The strong interest in fuel cells indicates that the industry enjoys greater recognition of importance on Capitol Hill thanks to the hard work of FCHEA's members and staff, as well as the work of our industry allies in Congress and throughout Washington.
By mid-century, 87% of cars on the road will need to be full ZEVs. This will place California on a path to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, a goal adopted by many nations and believed necessary to stabilize climate temperature.
Dave_C » Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:24 pm wrote:Interesting news zet. I wasn't aware California was mandating zero emissions vehicles. That essentially tells companies to put money into development and start working on both the vehicles and infrastructure.
These are interesting times.
zetreque » Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:12 pm wrote:World's first 4-seater fuel-cell plane takes off in Germany
Germany seems to be winning the alternative energy race.
The U.S. Senate recently passed Resolution 573, which officially recognizes October 8, 2016 as National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day. We are celebrating the second annual National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day to raise awareness of a clean energy technology that is here now. October 8th (10.08) was chosen in reference to the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008).
If the research continues to progress, brace yourself for the hydrogen “revolution” envisioned by Dr. Yacoby:
“Since the beginning of time, we have been using agriculture to make our own food. But when it comes to energy, we are still hunter-gatherers. Cultivating energy from agriculture is really the next revolution.”
This success can support economic growth, jobs, and domestic leadership in cutting edge energy technology
The SimpleFuel™ team, a consortium made up of Ivys Energy Solutions, McPhy Energy North America and PDC Machines, designed their system to be a safe, small-scale hydrogen-refueling appliance capable of delivering up to 5 kg/day of hydrogen to vehicles at pressures up to 700 bar (10,000 psi). 5 kg is enough to fully fuel one fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) for 300-360 miles.
“In 2007 Congress established this competition, with bipartisan support, to inspire creative approaches and advances for hydrogen energy technologies,” stated Jeff Serfass, President of the Hydrogen Education Foundation. “The development of the hydrogen infrastructure became the target of this competition, and I am pleased that DOE and HEF together have delivered on the objective for the H-Prize with SimpleFuel’s grand achievement,” Serfass concluded.
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