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Lancaster’s ‘hydrogen city’ plans given boost with new partnership
© City of Lancaster
Lancaster’s ‘hydrogen city’ plans given boost with new partnership
© City of Lancaster

Lancaster’s ‘hydrogen city’ plans given boost with new partnership

Hydrogen production, refuelling and fuel cell systems are hoped to be added to the Californian City of Lancaster’s existing green energy grid, following an announced partnership with Japan-based Choshu Industries.

The partnership, unveiled yesterday (May 9), will initially seek to integrate Choshu’s ‘SHiPS’, a containerised hydrogen production and refuelling station system, and ‘MizTomo’, a stationary fuel cell power system into Lancaster’s Green Energy Microgrid (GEM) system.

Both ‘SHiPS’ and ‘MizTomo’ systems can be scaled, extending the City’s hydrogen capacity to other sectors.

Rex Parris, Mayor of Lancaster said, “Since the City of Lancaster announced its goal to become the first Hydrogen City in the US, we have made steady progress and today marks the next phase of our vision.

“We are excited to partner with Choshu Industries on our GEM system, which will add a hydrogen backbone to the system’s solar and battery capabilities, all driven by Choshu’s advanced artificial intelligence.”

Additionally, Lancaster is engaged with several hydrogen refueling station providers to develop a network of passenger and heavy-duty vehicle stations.

Mayor Parris added, “Lancaster has committed to having the first all-hydrogen municipal fleet in the United States. We plan to replace Lancaster’s current fleet of passenger vehicles with new hydrogen vehicles as leases on gas vehicles expire.”

Choshu and Lancaster also say they will explore additional opportunities to supply hydrogen to commercial users and to support the city’s fleet goal.

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.


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