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Infographic: California hydrogen fuel cell group lays out H2 vehicle roadmap


hydrogen fuel cell roadmap Infographic

By Jon LeSageRSS feed

Posted Sep 19th 2012 7:59PM

If you’re interested in learning more about the future of fuel cell vehicles in the Golden State, the California Fuel Cell Partnership would like to present you with a couple of options: an infographic with facts and figures or a report called “A California Road Map: The Commercialization of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles” (which you can get either as an overview and technical versions).

CaFCP’s infographic has got more visual appeal and is more likely to reach consumers than the white papers. Here are some of the data CaFCP would like to share:

  • Fuel cell vehicles have zero emissions, can go 250 to 400 miles per fueling, and only takes five minutes to refuel.
  • Hydrogen can be domestically produced.
  • Initial H2 stations are being deployed into key markets with connector stations joining these clusters into regional networks.
  • 68 stations are needed by the beginning of early commercialization in 2015 to push the technology forward. So far, a little over half (41) of the fuel station icons have check marks (which means they are operational or in development).
  • $65 million is needed in additional funding to build out these 68 stations.

To figure out how CaFCP got these numbers, you have to get the detailed reports. For example, the $65 million is made up of $8.3 million in operating expenses for current stations, $45.1 million for 22 stations that can dispense 500 kilograms per day and $10.3 million nine 250 kg/day stations. The $63.6 million was rounded up “to better reflect the uncertainties captured in this analysis.” CaFCP says, “The allocation of this funding would vary by year and by individual station based on market-factors, but would diminish from approximately $13 million-$15 million in the first year to less than $2.3 million in the tenth year as FCEV volumes ramp up.”

See the full infographic below.

hydrogen fuel cell roadmap Infographic

Hydrogen Production Projects Awarded DOE Small Business Research and Development Grants


Jul 26, 2012

As part of President Obama’s broad efforts to support American small businesses and help advance cutting-edge clean energy innovations, the Energy Department is awarding new funding to small businesses nationwide, including two hydrogen production projects.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, employing half of all workers in America and creating two out of every three new jobs in the U.S.,” said Secretary Chu. “Bringing these innovative technologies to market is just the latest step in the Energy Department’s efforts to support the critical role that small businesses are playing in creating jobs for American workers and expanding our country’s clean energy economy. These businesses are helping to reduce our dependence on imported oil and protect our air and water, while ensuring that the United States leads in the global clean energy race.”

Arbsource of Tempe, Arizona uses biotechnology to generate hydrogen gas during the wastewater treatment process which can then be used as a low-carbon fuel. They expect to cut the high cost of wastewater management for food and beverage processors in half by supplying low-energy high quality wastewater treatment. Food and beverage processors are burdened with huge costs managing wastewater totaling six or seven figures per year just in operations.

Proton OnSite of Wallingford, Connecticut manufactures hydrogen generation systems which can be integrated with renewable energy sources to generate hydrogen fuel while producing minimal carbon footprint. Focused on low-noble metal content catalysts and electrodes for hydrogen production through water electrolysis, this project aims to reduce the cost of this technology through development of improved materials designed to reduce use of expensive raw materials and overall system capital cost.

Funded through the Energy Department’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, selections are for Phase II work. In Phase II, companies will build on the conceptual work undertaken in Phase I and pursue next steps in bringing the technologies to market.