Linde Hydrogen Station for Fuel Cell Buses and Cars Begins Operating in California

11 Apr 2012

Linde’s newest hydrogen fuelling station has officially opened at AC Transit’s municipal bus operating division in Emeryville, CA in the US. It is fuelling twelve fuel cell buses and up to twenty passenger cars a day.

This is the first public hydrogen station in the San Francisco Bay area. It offers fast fuelling at both 700 bar and 350 bar pressure with a delivered gas temperature of –40°C. Daimler tested fuel cell cars at the station on several occasions to show that it successfully meets all requirements; the station can fill four fuel cell vehicles back-to-back at a fill time of three to four minutes per car.

The station is one of two being supplied by Linde North America, a member of the Linde Group, to AC Transit. This Emeryville station began operating in late 2011 and the second, located at the Oakland operating division, is expected to begin operating in 2013.

The stations are part of AC Transit’s HyRoad project to demonstrate the commercial viability of hydrogen fuel cell technology in public transport. The company is the transit bus operator for thirteen cities in the East Bay Area and also operates a trans-bay service to San Francisco.

Replacing diesel with hydrogen fuel eliminates greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the vehicle tailpipe. Using fuel in a fuel cell rather than combusting it is also more efficient, helping to lower overall GHG emissions. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) estimates that fuel cell buses will deliver a net reduction of 2.7 pounds of carbon dioxide per mile ( ~0.8 kg/km) using hydrogen reformed from methane, and 6.3 pounds per mile (~1.8 kg/km) using hydrogen derived from solar power, wind power, or other renewable energy through the electrolysis of water. Each bus is projected to travel 36,000 miles per year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 44 metric tons per year per bus when using methane as a source of fuel, or 103 metric tons using renewables.

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Click here to access a fact sheet with more details about the project.

Reference: Linde news release

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