Hyundai to Upgrade California Hydrogen Station and Open it to the Public

09 Aug 2013

Hyundai Chino CA

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded Hydrogen Frontier, Inc. a $3 million grant to build a new 100% renewable hydrogen refuelling station for fuel cell electric vehicles. Once complete, the station will be able to produce at least 100 kilograms of hydrogen per day, enough to dispense approximately 6,000 to 9,000 vehicle fill-ups annually, offering both 350 bar and 700 bar refuelling. The station will have the capability to produce hydrogen on-site through water electrolysis and the required energy will be purchased from a renewable energy provider.

The station, situated at a testing facility for Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., will be located at the site of an existing hydrogen station originally constructed in 2005 to support Hyundai's fuel cell vehicle fleet. On top of the $3 million rebuilding project funded by the CEC grant, additional funding provided by partners Hydrogen Frontier Inc., Powertech and ITM Power will go toward upgrading the facility to meet the latest industry standards for hydrogen generation, storage and dispensing.

The station is scheduled for completion in October 2014, at which point the refuelling station will open to the public for the first time. The facility will increase the existing hydrogen refuelling network in California and will be the first publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling station in San Bernardino County.

"Hyundai has been supporting governments, energy companies and other organizations globally to develop an easily accessible and affordable hydrogen infrastructure," said Dr. Sung Hwan Cho, president, Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. "With world-class partners like Hydrogen Frontier and the support of the California government, we are expanding the hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and taking one more step toward mass production of a fuel cell electric vehicle."

Production of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell began at the company's Ulsan manufacturing plant in Korea in January 2013, making Hyundai the first automaker to begin commercial production of a hydrogen-powered vehicle. The first complete car rolled off the assembly line on February 26, 2013. Hyundai is investigating potential demand for the Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle in the U.S. market, particularly in California, where most of the hydrogen refuelling infrastructure development has taken place.

"Hydrogen Frontier Inc. is excited to work with this innovative group of companies for this unique opportunity," said Daniel Poppe, vice president, Hydrogen Frontier Inc. "This was our first hydrogen station in 2005 that we were asked to contribute to. Now, less than 10 years later, we get to do a complete comprehensive update of that same site."

The development of hydrogen refuelling stations, such as the Chino facility, is crucial to the success of fuel cells in the marketplace. In California today, there are eight public stations, and 17 more are in development. The goal is to have 68 stations in place to support the larger rollout of the vehicles in the next few years.


Source: Hyundai Motor Company

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