The state of California has one of the world’s largest networks of hydrogen fueling stations, and is home to about 7,500 hydrogen fuel cell cars, as well as a number of hydrogen transit buses.
None of this would have happened without state funding – which is doled out by the California Energy Commission, a government agency charged with setting and implementing state energy policy. The Commission recently announced the release of over $45m to help fund the next round of stations.
At a workshop held at Commission headquarters in Sacramento on 15th January, those interested in developing stations using Commission funds viewed a 72-page PowerPoint presentation by Commission staff responsible for awarding grants. Representatives of Shell, Air Liquide, First Element, Iwatani, Honda and Toyota were among those in attendance. Those participating could submit questions and make comments either in person, via the internet, or on the phone.
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