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  • DOE Announces Webinars on Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Technology

    NOVEMBER 14, 2014
    DOE Announces Webinars on Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Technology, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program, and More

    The Energy Department will present a live webinar entitled "An Overview of the Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) Project" on Tuesday, November 18, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The H2FIRST project focuses on technical tasks in support of H2USA to ensure that fuel cell vehicle customers have a positive fueling experience similar to conventional gasoline and diesel stations, as more of these vehicles are introduced to the market and the nation transitions to advanced fueling technology. Register for the webinar.
    Also, the Energy Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture will present a live webinar titled "Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program Webinar Series—#1 Overview and Cost Effectiveness" on Thursday, November 20, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Join experts from the Energy Department and U.S. Department of Agriculture to learn about the Rural Utilities Service's new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program (EECLP). Register for the webinar.
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    Opening of CA’s 10th H2 Station at 1515 South River Road in West Sacramento Dec 2014

    This 3 min video will introduce concepts of entraining a gas with a liquid to compress it (ionic compression) and cooling the resulting high pressure gas for faster, more complete fills:

    Write-ups and photos:

    Most of the car models - Hyundai Tucson ($500/mo lease), Toyota Mirai (sells for $57,500), Honda Clarity (lease) and Mercedes-Benz F-Cell - are being introduced with free fuel for three years to make up for the fact that currently hydrogen costs about 30 percent more than gasoline to move the cars per mile. A full fill for a fuel cell electric car is 6 or 7 Kg giving it a range of about 300 miles. “Up to $14,000 in state and federal rebates are available for the Toyota,” said Craig Scott, national manager for Toyota's Advanced Technology Vehicles. Toyota has been working on fuel cell technology for 22 years, and has been road testing hydrogen cars for 13 years, Scott said. The Mirai went on sale this month in Japan and it will go on sale in the summer in the U.S., he said. Toyota has 15,000 people who are on the list to get the new car. The technology works, but just to give consumers confidence, Toyota is offering the Mirai with an eight-year or 100,000-mile warranty.

    Building the West Sacramento hydrogen fueling station cost $2.5M of which the California Energy Commission paid $1.6M.

    Speakers had this to say:

    Janea Scott, Commissioner California Energy Commission: UPS has plans to use fuel-cell electric trucks; The Energy Commission's ARFVTP has spent more than $500M for ZEV fuel stations and will spend another $48M to build 48 H2 stations.

    Kent Ramos, president of Ramos Oil Company: In addition to gasoline and diesel, the station offers Biodiesel, Ethanol-85, Methanol, and Hydrogen; Solar panels on canopies and shop buildings provide virtually all the power for the facility.

    Cliff Caldwell, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Bulk Markets at Linde: Linde has converted much of it’s fleet from diesel to LNG; built the Altamont LNG project; conducted over 1M safe fuelings of H2 vehicles using Linde IC 90 ionic compressor

    Mark Johannessen, Mayor Pro Tem City of West Sacramento: Community is planning for the future.

    Phil Serna, California Air Resources Board: $5K rebate for fuel-cell vehicles in CA

    Fred Joseck, Department of Energy: Fuel cell program began in 1970’s at Lawrence Livermore Lab; DOE spent $100M/yr for the last few years on fuel cell development; fuel cell cost has been reduced 60% since 2006, 30% since 2008, and there has been a 5-fold reduction in the cost of the platinum element which is a key part of the fuel cell.

    Bill Elrick, California Fuel Cell Partnership (located in W Sac)

    Present in Audience:
    CA Sen Richard Pan; Marisa Delgado(?) US Sen. Boxer’s office; (someone from) Governor’s office; Marty Tuttle W Sac City Manager - permitting; Denice Seals CEO W Sac Chamber of Commerce

    Present from Linde team:
    Mike Beckman; Nitin Natesan; Mit Metson(?); Jennifer Yam(?); Mike McKewean(?); Marcus Fotmier(?); Eilene Brown
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    • #3
      Re: Opening of CA’s 10th H2 Station at 1515 South River Road in West Sacramento Dec 2

      West Sacramento Hydrogen station opening serves as a model of successful publicity. Journalist Jan Dalske did a detailed job of researching what there was to learn about fuel cell vehicles (FCV) and her articles are what is needed to raise understanding about emerging technology. She may be reached through

      The fuel comparisons come down to a gge is 1kg H2 = 2.5 kg CNG = 3.5 kg gasoline. The hydrogen car tanks hold 6 kg H2 providing a 300 mile range. The dispenser fills the tank at 1 kg/min from observations of the car filled at the event. (This comes to 1 gge H2/min if one wants to compare with the flow being provided to fill trucks with CNG these days of 10 gge CNG/min.) The last chart at the bottom of the Wikipedia entry helps with this:

      What is all comes down to is that hydrogen fuel allows an electric vehicle to be filled with "fuel" as opposed to having to be charged over a period of time.


      • #4
        Re: Opening of CA’s 10th H2 Station at 1515 South River Road in West Sacramento Dec 2

        Linde, a world leader in industrial gases and engineering, provides an overview of their gas technologies in this video featuring an LNG import terminal, CO2 for greenhouses, solar, LNG as a transportation fuel, landfill LNG and H2 fuel projects:


        • #5
          Re: Opening of CA’s 10th H2 Station at 1515 South River Road in West Sacramento Dec 2

          Hyundai “Tucson” $3K down, $500/mo 36-month Lease, to begin in 2016. No purchase option at end of lease.
          Estimated driving range 265 miles. 10 minutes required for full fill.
          Other electric cars require 3 hours on a 240V charger, or 14 hours on 110V
          134HP;100 kW motor; tank capacity 5.6 KG H2 @ 10K psi; 2M miles of testing to date.
          In addition to the fuel cell, it has a Li-Polymer 0.95 kWh battery producing 24 kW at 60AH.



          • #6
            Re: DOE Announces Webinars on Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Technology

            Eden Energy, of Littleton CO, describes how Hythane - a mix of 7% (by energy content) H2 combined with methane - enhances the rate and completeness of the ignition given that hydrogen burns 8X more rapidly and dramatically increases the narrow flammability range (fuel to air mix) of methane alone. It would appear from the video that development trials are underway in India and Australia. Customers appear to be the large, "rocket science" (Aerojet is mentioned) corporations who want to see what it can do:




            • #7
              It is worth mentioning, in the context of the Altamont LNG plant reference above, that Cem Hacioglu has started BOREAS NATURAL GAS supplying solutions in the LCNG markets. Clem was the former head of Applied LNG which operates the cryogenic tankers between Altamont and Waste Managements fueling facility at 172 98th Ave Oakland, CA




              • #8
                160 H2 stations and 40,000 fuel cell vehicles projected for Japan by 2020: