The California Fuel Cell Partnership has announced the opening of the state’s 29th retail hydrogen station in San Ramon.
Built by The Linde Group, the new station is its third retail hydrogen station in Calfornia. Linde developed California’s first retail station in West Sacramento and also operates one in San Juan Capistrano.
Back in August 2014, The California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded $4.3m to Linde North America to construct retail hydrogen fuelling stations at Oakland International Airport and San Ramon back in August 2014. The award was part of CEC’s $46.6m funding programme committed to expand the retail hydrogen fuelling infrastructure within the state.
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 fuelling locations in Northern California and 15 in Southern California, strategically located to create a refueling network along major corridors and in regional centers.
Speaking in 2014, Janea A. Scott, Energy Commissioner, said, “Transitioning to low and zero emission vehicles is critical to meeting air quality goals and to reducing emissions that lead to climate change. With this funding, California will accelerate the construction of a reliable and affordable refuelling infrastructure to support the commercial market launch of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.”
By Joanna Sampson
France has launched an offshore green hydrogen production platform at the country’s Port of Saint-Nazaire this week, along with its first offshore wind farm. The hydrogen plant, which its operators say is the world’s first facility of its type, coincides with the launch of another “first of its kind” facility in Sweden dedicated to storing hydrogen in an underground lined rock cavern (LRC).
The project sets up the Hydrogen Valley in Rome, the first industrial-scale technological hub for the development of the national supply chain for the production, transport, storage and use of hydrogen for the decarbonization of industrial processes and for sustainable mobility.
At first glance, hydrogen seems to be the perfect solution to our energy needs. It doesn’t produce any carbon dioxide when used. It can store energy for long periods of time. It doesn’t leave behind hazardous waste materials, like nuclear does. And it doesn’t require large swathes of land to be flooded, like hydroelectricity. Seems too good to be true. So…what’s the catch?