Take 5: An interview with… Cody Bateman, CEO of GenH2

Cody, thanks for taking five with H2 View. What are you working on at GenH2 right now?

We are producing hydrogen solutions that have over 2 decades of research and over $200m of investment funds from the public and private sectors. GenH2 has formalised and is commercialising the work of former NASA scientists to fill the infrastructure voids that have arisen from the growing demand in hydrogen. Our ability to provide the only standalone filling station that can produce, liquefy, store, and dispense hydrogen onsite in a small footprint will accelerate the infrastructure buildout needed to speed the hydrogen economy.

For hydrogen to be more available to the masses, several things need to happen. First, federal, state, and local governments need to provide financial and permit support to expedite deployment. Second, private industry needs to invest, innovate, develop, and explore the various ways hydrogen can replace fossil fuels in a carbon zero form and be financially attractive.  When joint public-private partnerships are developed, great things can happen.

Our first prototype filling station is planned to open next year in Palm Springs, California. We are starting in California because their state and local governments are on the forefront of moving to the green economy.  The state has established green energy tax credits and simplified permitting to make it easier to become operational in a shorter timeframe. California has 70 hydrogen filling stations which accounts for most of the US active stations.

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