Four hydrogen mobility projects are set to be boosted by more than $1m of Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) funding as the US utility takes steps to bring the clean technology to market.
SoCalGas on Monday (8th Feb) said the $1.3m of funding could provide emissions-free transport for railways and at ports in California and around the world.
The funding will help bring to market innovative clean hydrogen technologies, including fuel cell marine vessels, hydrogen refuelling stations at ports and fuel cell locomotives.
“Projects like these have the potential to create more zero-emissions transportation and reduce the cost of hydrogen fuelling infrastructure, consistent with California’s climate goals,” said Neil Navin, Vice-President of Clean Energy Innovations at SoCalGas.
The four projects were selected for funding through the California Energy Commission’s (CEC), Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstrations in Rail and Marine Applications at Ports (H2RAM) grant program.
In addition to $1.3m in funding from SoCalGas, the CEC will provide over $10.4m to fund the research and development of these projects – bringing the total funding to approximately $11.7m.
Project partners include maritime fuel cell maker Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine Inc., research organisation Gas Technology Institute (GTI), and non-profit CALSTART.
“As California looks toward advancing our strategies for emissions reductions, transportation applications that use hydrogen and fuel cells will play a key role,” said California Assembly member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento).
“These efforts are timely with the governor’s executive order that requires all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California to be zero-emission vehicles by 2035.”
“It’s important that we all work together to propel California forward into the future of clean energy.”