The state of California is hoping that more cash for a particular San Bernardino County refueling station will mean more hydrogen production and thus more use from fuel-cell vehicle drivers. The California Energy Commission (CEC) is supplying a $3-million grant so the eight-year-old hydrogen refueling station at the Hyundai America Technical Center Inc. can be upgraded and opened to the public by October 2014 dispensing H2 made solely from renewable-energy resources. Along with $1.7 million funded by Hydrogen Frontier Inc., Powertech and ITM Power, the state's cash will enable the station in Chino, CA, to supply enough hydrogen for about 20 full tanks a day.

Hyundai started production of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell in South Korea earlier this year and sent its first production fuel-cell crossover vehicles to Copenhagen in June for that city's municipal fleet. Globally, Hyundai set a goal to build 1,000 fuel-cell vehicles by 2015 and Hyundai North American chief John Krafcik recently went on record to say fuel-cell vehicles are a far more energy-efficient than battery-electric vehicles.

According to the US Department of Energy, there are 10 publicly accessible H2 stations in the US, all but one of which are in California. Find out more in Hyundai's press release below.
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HYUNDAI PREPS HYDROGEN ENERGY GENERATION AND FUELING STATION IN CHINO, CALIF. FOR FIRST-EVER PUBLIC OPENING

CHINO, Calif., August 5, 2013 –The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded Hydrogen Frontier, Inc. a $3 million grant to build a new 100 percent renewable hydrogen fueling station for fuel cell electric vehicles at Hyundai's hydrogen energy generation and fueling station in Chino, Calif.

The project will include:
  • 100 percent of the energy consumed in generation and operation of the station and 100 percent of the fuel dispensed will come from a renewable source, a new path of innovation and sustainability in California
  • Energy used to create hydrogen will be purchased from a renewable energy provider
  • With this upgrade, 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 with hydrogen annually
  • Capability to produce hydrogen from the electrolysis of water on site
  • System pressures of 350 Bar and 700 Bar will allow fueling of all fuel cell vehicles (FCV) including fast refueling
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 California Energy Commission grant, an additional $1.7 million funded by partners Hydrogen Frontier Inc., Powertech and ITM Power will go toward modernizing the facility to meet the latest industry standards for hydrogen generation, storage and dispensing.

The required completion date for the renovations is October 2014, at which point the fueling station will open to the public for the first time. The facility will increase the existing hydrogen fueling network in California and will be the first publicly accessible hydrogen fueling station in San Bernardino County. http://cafcp.org/stationmap#st-map

"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 fueling 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 refueling 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."

Hyundai has researched hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles in the United States since 2000. It is a member of the California Fuel Cell Partnership and has conducted fleet testing of three generations of SUV-based hydrogen vehicles across the United States.

Hydrogen fuel cells use hydrogen to create electricity which powers the electric-drive vehicles. Fuel cell vehicles have no tailpipe greenhouse emissions and their extended range between fill-ups and the speed at which they refuel are comparable to that of conventional vehicles. The development of fueling 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.

Hydrogen Frontier Inc.

Hydrogen Frontier, Inc., located in Gardena, Calif., continues to be active in hydrogen infrastructure development. Hydrogen Frontier has grown out of Daniel A. Poppe Electrical Contracting, a company owned by HF Vice President Poppe. While Hydrogen Frontier has been supporting hydrogen fueling infrastructure on as many as nine stations in California, Hyundai's Chino site is the first hydrogen fueling station installation led by Hydrogen Frontier.

Hydrogen Frontier currently operates a hydrogen fueling station in Burbank that was recognized for its reliability as the station was operational 99 percent of the time during 2012. With funding partners such as the South Coast Air Quality Management District, California Air Resources Board and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Hydrogen Frontier has shown its ability to develop and collect relevant operations and performance data. Hydrogen Frontier has supported Chevron and Shell to successfully analyze station components and troubleshoot, repair, and optimize station performance. This hands-on experience with many different station technologies has allowed Hydrogen Frontier to obtain a large knowledge base for hydrogen fueling infrastructure support and development.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services made possible by the Hyundai Blue Link telematics platform, complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

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      Jesse Gurr
      • 1 Year Ago
      What happened to all the comments I was reading earlier?
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is the cost of a kilo of hydrogen at the pump ? I know that it is possible to build a small hydrogen making machine for 12 000$ that can fill 200 cars per day at 25 cents per kilo. This is again a big oil act to destroy hydrogen with too much cost for hydrogen technology. A new fuelcell car can cost as little as 10 000$ and be fill-up with hydrogen at 25 cent a kilo.
        Ele Truk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Can you send us a link to such a machine?
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ele Truk
          There is no such Hyperlink for Gorr's Imagination
        Mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        ITM Power is a stated participant in this project. They released some price information fom their UK operations that was covered at Green Car Congress. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2013/07/itmpower-20130722.html
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      In a time when $3 million is being given away by California Energy Commision as a grant... to upgrade ONE H2 station... so it can support 140 FCVs.... CARB is feeling that Tesla's Battery Swap doesn't qualify for extra ZEV credits?? This has Hydrogen Backroom Drug Deal, written all over it.
      Peter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is the state subsidizing ongoing operations of an existing hydrogen station? Building new ones I get why the state would get involved, helping get going an experimental (hence expensive) technology to see its promise. The prospects for H2 appear poor when the fuel cell is so much more expensive and a per station subsidy on this level is needed when down the street Tesla is building cars as fast as they can get them off the lot and the price of Li cells is still dropping. Not to give up on H2 but it looks more and more like a long shot. Luckily there is some convergence as both Li and H2 ultimately power an electric motor. Economies of scale on electric systems (HVAC steering brakes propulsion..) will benefit both. H2 can come from behind, but that is where it is.
        skierpage
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Peter
        Yes, the state subsidy for Hyundai's own old pump is strange. And this doesn't seem to be capital expenditures for local renewable generation: "Energy used to create hydrogen will be purchased from a renewable energy provider." They have two years to go from technology demonstrations to some kind of H2 gas station network, refurbishing existing stations is not what's needed. While Teslas are going on cross-country drives, you still can't drive your So.Cal HFCV to San Francisco. It's the perfect car for people without access to a plug who travel around the Southland. Hence the tepid statement "Hyundai is investigating potential demand for the Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle in the U.S. market, particularly in California..." Economies of scale apply to everything *but* the fuel cell. By 2015 an electrified car you can't plug in will be a tough sell, but once you can plug it in the HFCV becomes a plug-in with the most expensive and impractical range extender. Some people will still find it appealing, but the comparison reviews with Chevy Volt 2.0 will be brutal.
          majortom1981
          • 1 Year Ago
          @skierpage
          Keep in mind not everybody has access to an electric outlet. People like me who live in condos or apartments can't plug in their cars. So hydrogen fuel cells will be the alternative for gas cars.