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State of California Partners with Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai and Other


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Sacramento, Calif. – California state economic development director Kish Rajan today announced an effort to streamline the permitting process for zero emission vehicle fueling stations and significantly expand California’s hydrogen and electric vehicle capacity.

“California is a world leader in zero emission technologyand our infrastructure needs to reflect that dynamism,” said director Rajan. “GO-Biz is partnering with several automotive companies to ensure California has the necessary infrastructure to meet the goal of delivering more hydrogen and electric vehicles to market.”

Automobile manufacturers plan to roll out hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the 2015 to 2017 timeframe and California’s share of the U.S. market for plug-in electric vehicles currently stands at nearly 40%.

“When Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle comes to market in 2015, a convenient and reliable fueling infrastructure must be ready for our customers,” said Jim Pisz, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. North American business strategy corporate manager. “Toyota is excited to partner with GO-Biz and the Governor’s Office to ensure the necessary hydrogen infrastructure is in place for the successful launch of fuel cell technology in California.”

GO-Biz will work with local, state and federal government agencies, hydrogen station developers, station hosts, electric vehicle regional planners, installers, and hosts, in addition to the automobile companies and other interested parties, to facilitate and accelerate the permitting and establishment of both the hydrogen fueling and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“California is working to transform our transportation fleet with a goal of 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on the road by 2025,” said California Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. “A key component of achieving that is establishing the necessary infrastructure. To support that goal, the Energy Commission established this new position at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to spearhead the effort.”

The California Energy Commission voted unanimously to provide a total of $300,000 to GO-Biz over the next two years to fund a position to spearhead the effort. The position will report directly to the Deputy Director of Permitting at GO-Biz and proactively engage state and local partners to identify and eliminate barriers to development.

“Hydrogen-powered electric vehicles represent the next generation of electric vehicle technology,” said John Krafcik, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyundai Motor America. “Their refueling speed and range will delight their owners, and we’ll all share the environmental benefits. We’re excited to be working with California to bring H2EV technology and infrastructure to market as quickly as possible.”

Recognizing the great benefits of zero-emission vehicles, as well as the challenges to expanding this market, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an Executive Order in March 2012 to encourage the development and success of zero-emission vehicles. This Executive Order directs state government to meet a series of milestones toward a long-term target of 1.5 million ZEVs on California’s roadways by 2025.Electric Vehicles California

“Mercedes-Benz applauds the California Energy Commission for funding a project manager position to fast track the deployment of hydrogen fueling stations in California,” said general manager for Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Ronald Grasman. “We believe that GO-Biz is the right partner to coordinate this effort, and we look forward to working with GO-Biz, the Energy Commission and the State of California to implement a robust, hydrogen infrastructure to support all of our common goals.”

Both hydrogen and electricity support California’s plan to diversify transportation fuels. The executive director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership echoed that sentiment.

“Fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel are part of America’s energy future,” said Catherine Dunwoody, executive director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership. GO-Biz and the State of California are showcasing the investments that government and industry have made in bringing FCEVs to the commercial market.”

The initiative began earlier this year when GO-Biz was approached by several automotive companies – including Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and General Motors – which identified a need for additional hydrogen and electric fueling stations to support plans to increase their zero emission fleets.

“Honda is very enthusiastic about a new position within GO-Biz to promote hydrogen infrastructure,” said Robert Bienenfeld, assistant Vice President of environment and energy strategy for American Honda Motor, Co., Inc. “Hydrogen refueling stations are essential for the introduction of fuel cell electric vehicles. Honda plans to introduce a next generation FCEV in 2015, and customers need to know that the fuel will be there. Governor Brown’s support is essential to our success.”

GO-Biz serves as California’s office for economic development and offers a range of services to business owners. Those services include attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, important informational briefings and much more. For more information visit: www.business.ca.gov.

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Keith Malone
California Fuel Cell Partnership
323-441-0000 directkmalone@cafcp.org

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Report highlights California’s hydrogen transportation plans


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Hydrogen transportation and infrastructure in California

Hydrogen transportation remains a major focus in California

California has been a major advocate in the adoption of hydrogen powered vehicles. The state currently boasts of the most robust hydrogen fuel infrastructure in the country, rivaled only by Hawaii and Connecticut. Recently, the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) revealed a sleuth of guidelines that were meant to direct the state’s course in its adoption of hydrogen transportation and secure its place in the emerging hydrogen market. These guidelines, often referred to as a “road map,” produced many questions amongst consumers. Now, the CaFCP is looking to address the uncertainty surrounding the initiative.

New report and infographic provide consumable information

The CaFCP has released a new report called “A California Road Map: The Commercialization of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles.” The report outlines the basic premise of the state’s hydrogen transportation initiative and what is being done to boost the adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The report comes with an infographic, which breaks down the primary directives of the initiative into consumable information. The CaFCP hopes that the report, along with the infographic, will help consumers better understand what the state is doing in terms of hydrogen transportation.

Various aspects of hydrogen transportation plan highlighted

The infographic iterates the fine points of the CaFCP plan in a straightforward manner. According to the initiative, hydrogen-powered vehicles are capable of traveling up to 400 miles on a single tank of fuel and produce no emissions. The infographic also notes that the hydrogen that will be used to power these vehicles will be produced domestically and from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, and natural gas. It also highlights the financial aspects of the endeavor, claiming that an additional $65 million in funding is needed to ensure the state’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure is ready for demands the market may see.

California may soon become ideal market for future vehicles

California’s plans for hydrogen transportation are ambitious. It is currently the only state with such an extensive plan to promote the adoption of hydrogen powered vehicles and bolster its own fuel infrastructure. Similar plans exist in other states, but none are quite as expansive. If successful, this plan may make California the ideal market for the launch of hydrogen powered vehicles in the coming years.

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Nissan sets goal to sell more than 1.5 million hydrogen-powered cars by the end of 2016


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Japanese automaker Nissan has been making waves in the hydrogen fuel industry lately. Earlier this month, the company unveiled a next-generation fuel cell that is twice as powerful as conventional models while being less expensive. While the company’s previous ventures in alternative energy have revolved around plug-in vehicles, Nissan has recently adopted hydrogen as its focus. The company has high expectations for the fuel, declaring that it will sell more than 1.5 million hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2016.

The ambitious claim may sound like bravado, but Nissan’s hydrogen-powered vehicles seem to be able to back up the claim. Powered by the company’s new fuel cells, the vehicles can travel twice the distance of other hydrogen-powered cars without having to refuel. This means that the cars are less burdened by the lack of an adequate fuel infrastructure than their competitors.

While hydrogen is getting a great deal of attention from the company, Nissan is not abandoning their battery-powered cars. The company believes that their popular plug-in vehicle, the Leaf, will continue seeing success, especially as upgrades to the lithium-ion battery system are being made.Hydrogen Fuel Cars

Together, Nissan’s battery and fuel cell cars are being called the Green Program, which essentially encompasses the entirety of the company’s alternative energy ventures. Nissan hopes to be a leader in the transportation industry as hydrogen continues to gain momentum around the world.

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Hydrogenics teams with Shell to maintain and improve Southern California’s hydrogen fuel stations


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The Hydrogenics Corporation, manufacturers of hydrogen generation systems and fuel cells, has been tapped by Shell Oil Products U.S. to help in maintaining four hydrogen fuel stations in Southern California. Hydrogenics has been awarded a three-year contract from Shell to ensure that the stations remain operational. The company will also be installing a number of new hydrogen generation technologies that will help the stations become more efficient. The contract is effective immediately and Hydrogenics has already begun examining the stations for potential improvements or servicing requirements.

California is home to the strongest hydrogen energy infrastructure in the U.S. Though the number of stations in the state is still relatively small, the state government is working with automakers and other alternative energy companies and federal agencies to build new stations. Hydrogenics will play a role in making sure the stations continue to operate on par with state and federal regulations as well as the demands coming from consumers.

Most major automakers plan on releasing hydrogen-powered vehicles into the commercial market by 2013, by which time a sufficient infrastructure must be in place for the success of the initiative to be realized. Infrastructure has only been an issue of focus within the past two years, with most effort toward building an infrastructure coming in 2011. While the nation’s infrastructure is currently not expansive enough to support commercial hydrogen vehicles, the auto industry has no doubt that it will be ready for when these vehicles are launched.hydrogen fuel station

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Pike Research report paints a promising future for hydrogen transportation


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A new report from Pike Research, a market research firm specializing in alternative energy, shows that more than 1.2 million alternative energy vehicles will be sold by 2020. The massive number is attributed major efforts coming from the auto industry to push hydrogen fuel. Automakers are currently the leading advocates for hydrogen, championing an energy revolution that seeks to take transportation away from oil. While automakers are expected to continue building cars that run on fossil-fuels in the coming years, a growing number of companies are shifting their focus so that it remains almost exclusively on hydrogen.

Most major car manufacturers have plans to release hydrogen-powered cars into the commercial market between 2013 and 2014. The success of this endeavor has garnered a seemingly insurmountable level of skepticism from consumers and industry analysts as the infrastructure needed to power hydrogen transportation is severely lacking. Automakers like Toyota, Honda and Daimler, however, have been working on that problem in recent years by building a number of hydrogen fueling stations in the U.S. and Europe they call the “hydrogen highway.”Hydrogen Powered Cars

Pike’s report shows that consumers are growing more accepting of the prospect of hydrogen-powered transportation as they are being exposed to the technology more. Fuel cells are often criticized for their expensive components, but automakers are working to show that their fuel cells are viable for the commercial market in terms of price and quality. These efforts are translating into promising gains for the alternative fuel industry as a whole.

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London’s iconic double-decker buses to run on hydrogen fuel cells


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The UK is getting a new fleet of hydrogen-powered buses, which will be powered by a fuel cell system designed by Mercedes-Benz. London’s iconic double-decker buses are to be equipped with fuel cells to make them emissions free. The system to be used with the buses will make them the most energy efficient in all of Europe. Government officials anticipate that the fuel cells will help cut back on pollution, a major issue considering the UK will host the next Olympic Games.

The cost of the initiative totals $30 million. Only eight buses will undergo the conversion to hydrogen. The majority of the cost comes from establishing a fuel infrastructure capable of supporting the buses as well as any hydrogen-powered vehicles making their way to the UK. Currently, London is home to only one hydrogen fuel station that provides fuel to a fleet of black taxi cabs that run on the alternative energy. London authorities hope to build an additional six fueling stations by 2012, when they expect to convert an additional 150 buses to hydrogen.

2012 is the year for the Olympic Games and government officials have plans to transport foreign dignitaries and athletes around London via hydrogen-powered transport.Hybrid London Double Decker Bus

The initiative is part of the UK’s overarching efforts to reach energy independence and lower the nation’s environmental impact. Indeed, the UK has been among the countries most urgently pursuing the use of alternative energy.

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California converts a sewage processing facility into a hydrogen fuel station


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California continues to make use of eco-friendly technology in the daily operations of the state. The Orange County Sanitation District is currently undergoing a rather interesting transformation. The facility once used to store and process human waste is being converted into a hydrogen fueling station in preparation of the coming of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The facility has been equipped with a fuel cell system that generates hydrogen from waste gas, which is then converted into electricity.

The initiative is part of a 3-year project which will display the value and viability of hydrogen fuel, not only for its uses in powering a sewage treatment facility but also for transportation. Officials will host a “grand opening” today,August 16th, where locals are invited to witness the unveiling of the ambitious project.

The facility will be the first of its kind in the world. Automakers General Motors and BMW have similar plans in converting landfill gas into hydrogen fuel, but their efforts have yet to take root. In California, however, such initiatives are second nature and the state hopes to continue its innovative use of hydrogen and other alternative fuels to help protect the environment.

One of the most important functions of the facility moving forward will be its use as a hydrogen fuel station. This brings yet another station to California’s growing hOrange County Sanitation Districtydrogen highway, laying the foundation for a comprehensive infrastructure that will ensure the longevity of fuel cell vehicles.

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Infrastructure is coming, but hydrogen industry is in sore need of business standards


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Hydrogen fuel is gaining traction all over the world and is overcoming some of the hurdles that had kept its acceptance low. The need for alternatives to oil is becoming abundantly clear and many nations have been laboring in the effort to establish a working hydrogen infrastructure to accommodate the coming shift away from fossil-fuel. Infrastructure is, indeed, one of the few barriers left between hydrogen power and mass consumption. But there is more to infrastructure than building a few gas stations here and there.

Despite several major auto makers backing the hydrogen industry, there has yet to be any business model formed regarding the commercialization of the fuel. While auto makers are busy making fuel cell vehicles, there is little effort being put into the business side of things, leaving much to be desired for the future of hydrogen fuel.

Without a concrete business model, there will be little in the way of universal standards for commercial fuel. While there may be no lack of fueling stations in the coming years, the prices from station to station may fluctuate wildly. This could damage a fragile industry which has yet to take root in the world.

The future of hydrogen fuel is still uncertain. Fuel cells have shown their promise, yet without adequate infrastructure and business standards, whatever triumphs are found in hydrogen may be short lived.Hydrogen Refueling Station Pumps

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Pike report shows the hydrogen infrastructure is ready to soar


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Pike Research, a world renowned research firm focusing on new technology and business models, has released showing that the world’s hydrogen highway is set to experience a massive boom over the next ten years. The report, titled “Hydrogen Infrastructure,” finds that the number of hydrogen fueling stations around the world is expected to reach 5,200 by 2020. As of 2010, there are only 200 such station globally. Infrastructure has long been the major barrier between fuel cells and commercial viability. That barrier now seems to be crashing down.

Hydrogen fuel has had its fair share of setbacks in the past. With the cost of fuel cells till quite high, due to their expensive components, and the meandering pace of technological advancements being implemented, consumers have been leery of the technology and its uses in transportation. The auto industry is of different mind, however, as many of the world’s most successful and prestigious car manufacturers have thrown their full support behind hydrogen fuel.

Pike’s research also shows that investments in the hydrogen infrastructure are to increase to $1.6 billion by 2020. With several new hydrogen-powered vehicles coming to the market, the demand for the fuel will soar, bringing substantial dividends to investors.

Overall, Pike’s research is confined to the transportation industry, which is geared at being the largest industry to consume hydrogen fuel. The report sheds light on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Infrastructurethe once-vague issue of infrastructure. The positive nature of the report may spur more big-name companies and governments to support the alternative energy.

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SunHydro teams with the Automotive Oil Change Association to build hydrogen fueling stations


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SunHydro, manufacturers of fuel cells and developers of their associated technologies, announced today that they will be pulling back from their plans to establish a line of hydrogen fueling stations along the U.S. East Coast. The company, along with subsidiary Proton Energy, announced plans for a hydrogen highway in the region back in 2010. The task has proven difficult, however, as both companies were somewhat reliant on government aid to accomplish their goal. After the government decided to cut funding of hydrogen fuel, SunHydro had to come up with a new plan.

The company is opting to create clusters of hydrogen fuel stations, which will begin taking form in the Northeast, and expand from there. SunHydro will be teaming up with the Automotive Oil Change Association (AOCA) for this endeavor and will be building solar-powered hydrogen fuel stations at the association’s oil facilities. The plans are still in their infancy, but R. Scotti Lee, board member of the AOCA, says that AOCA members are being told to set money aside so that they will be able to fund the construction of the fuel stations.

It is unclear whether the SunHydro’s plans will be successful as there are relatively few hydrogen-powered cars on the roads. While consumers are showing interest in fuel cell cars, there is no way to tell whether the cars will truly be commercially accepted until they are released in 2014.

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