The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) unveiled a state-of-the-art publicly accessible hydrogen fueling station at its Diamond Bar headquarters, helping to modernize the network of fueling stations throughout California and accommodate the next generation of hydrogen fuel vehicles.
The facility is one of only a few in California that allows for both low- and high-pressure hydrogen refueling. Under high pressure it is capable of fueling a vehicle in only three minutes. It has a 100 kilogram per day capacity, which will allow for about 20 to 25 cars a day to be fueled at the station. This is the first station certified to provide a three-minute fast fill with an accuracy of ±5%, a critical feature to address consumers’ need for easy and convenient fueling.
“Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, along with other zero- and near-zero-emission vehicles, remain a critical component in helping to achieve our clean air goals,” said William A. Burke, Ed.D., chair of the SCAQMD. “This upgraded fueling station will help provide a reliable fuel supply for the wave of new hydrogen vehicles being introduced.”
Funding comes from a $17 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for installing six new hydrogen fueling stations as well as upgrading existing fueling sites at SCAQMD and UC Irvine. An additional $1 million for the eight stations was provided by SCAQMD’s Clean Fuels fund. “California is committed to zero emission fuel-cell electric vehicles and an infrastructure that will help build consumer confidence in them,” said Janea A. Scott, California Energy Commissioner.
The six new stations will be located in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Beverly Hills and a second Irvine location. They are expected to be completed within the next 12 months. Use of the same equipment certified at SCAQMD will help reduce development time for the new stations.