Hydrogen – Fuel Cell Technology, Infrastructure

First Northern Calif. Hydro Refueling Station Opens

December 11, 2014

Photo of hydrogen station in Torrance, Calif., by Thi Dao.
Photo of hydrogen station in Torrance, Calif., by Thi Dao.

The first hydrogen refueling station in Northern California has opened in West Sacramento, marking the 10th such station in a state with aggressive plans to support fuel cell vehicles. The state has mandated 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on its roads by 2025.

The West Sacramento station received funding from the California energy commission under the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP). It has been installed at a fueling location operated by Ramos Oil.

State dignitaries held a ribbon-cutting on Dec. 10. Attendees included Janea A. Scott, California Energy Commissioner; Cliff Caldwell, vice-president of Linde North America Inc., maker of the station's hydrogen storage tanks and compressor; Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento); Mark Johannessen, West Sacramento's mayor pro tem; and Fred Joseck of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy.

The state has set a goal of constructing 100 hydrogen fueling stations; 51 stations have recieved state funding so far, according to a California Energy Commission release.

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