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FirstElement Fuel: Policy is everything when it comes to rolling out hydrogen stations

FirstElement Fuel: Policy is everything when it comes to rolling out hydrogen stations

FirstElement Fuel is achieving $12 per kilogram at its newer liquid-based hydrogen refuelling stations in California, US – and the station developer told H2 View it sees a pathway to getting below $10 over the next few years.

Of the 45 retail hydrogen stations open in California today, 24 are operated by FirstElement Fuel and the company has plans to have 80 stations open by 2025.

“The cost per kilogram is coming down, especially at our newer stations which are designed for higher capacity and use liquid hydrogen for delivery and storage,” Shane Stephens, founder and Chief Development Officer at FirstElement Fuel, told H2 View.

“Initially our stations used compressed gaseous hydrogen for delivery and storage, and we found that in practice it is very challenging to become cost competitive with that model.  That was a valuable lesson learned.”

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