With a goal of building a 500+ hydrogen station network in the US, PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling Corp today said it’s looking to expand its stations to buses and trains.
The company said it’s in talks with various cities, states and provinces to deploy its third-generation onsite hydrogen production unit for commercial buses and trains, in addition to fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and trucks.
Producing blue hydrogen, PowerTap is particularly interested in providing the production and dispensing technology to the ever expanding hydrogen public bus fleet.
“For instance, the Orange County, California Transit Authority (OCTA) added a fuel cell bus to their fleet in the summer of 2016 as part of a pilot program in which OCTA became the first large public transportation agency in Southern California to operate a hydrogen fuel-cell electric bus,” PowerTap said in a statement.
“During the pilot program, OCTA operated the first hydrogen bus on a number of its routes for about 16 hours per day, 292 days a year, similar to the way OCTA operates the other buses in its fleet.”
“In the near future, OCTA has plans to deploy ten additional buses with supporting fuelling infrastructure with a grant funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Pilot Commercial Deployment Project and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).”
PowerTap said another example is the Coradia iLint hydrogen train built by Alstom currently being deployed in Europe.