Commercial hydrogen refuelling to get a $16m funding boost in California

Up to $16m of funding will be available to support the establishment of commercial hydrogen fuelling infrastructure in California next month (April 2024).

Set to open on April 17, the Energy Infrastructure Incentives for Zero-Emission Commercial Vehicles (EnergIIZE) hydrogen funding lane will offer up to $3m per project to cover 50% of eligible equipment and software costs for standard projects.

Funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and administered by CALSTART, if applicants meet “certain equity criteria,” the 75% of the costs could be covered, with a maximum grant of $4m per project.

Covering dispensers, compressors, liquid and gaseous pumps, piping and pipelines, high-pressure storage, switchgears and electrical panel upgrades, the funding will be available to projects intended for medium- or heavy-duty hydrogen vehicles.

The refuelling stations must be capable of dispensing 350 or 700 bar and meet ASME, ASTM and NFPA standards.

Alyssa Haerle, Director of Infrastructure Incentive Administration of CALSTART, said, “This is a great opportunity for fleet users and station owners across California to deploy hydrogen fuelling infrastructure for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and equipment at a reduced cost.”

Following similar a EV infrastructure lane, the funding is aimed at supporting the US state’s goals of getting 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on its road by 2025.

Permitting issues for hydrogen refuelling in California, US


The most common question we hear from customers interested in building a hydrogen refuelling station in California is, “Why does it cost so much to build a site, and why does it take so long?”

As federal, state, and local governments move toward alternative energy solutions to decarbonise and battle climate change, building the necessary infrastructure to support these goals is paramount. However, it’s not without its obstacles.

As a provider of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure solutions, offering complete end-to-end services in the hydrogen fuel marketplace, FASTECH is experiencing many of legislative stumbling blocks that are seemingly delaying the deployment of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, and thus the use of hydrogen-powered vehicles in California.

Whether it is building a new hydrogen refuelling station from the ground up, or adding hydrogen dispensers to an existing station, challenges face both contractors and operators across California…

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