Trillium CNG (part of the Love’s Family of Companies) plans to expand its services to design, build and maintain hydrogen fueling stations. The company will begin construction on its first hydrogen fueling station for fuel cell buses this summer for the Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA) Santa Ana, California, facility. “While compressed natural gas remains a high priority for Trillium, diversification of customer needs, products and services within the transportation industry is driving our expansion,” said Bill Cashmareck, managing director of Trillium CNG.
OCTA’s Santa Ana station will fuel transit buses with approximately 35 kilograms of hydrogen per vehicle in 6 to10 minutes simultaneously from two fueling lanes. The bus fleet will comprise of 10 hydrogen fuel cell buses, but the station is built for future growth and will provide the same fueling performance for a fleet of 50 buses. Infrastructure will be added to OCTA’s existing CNG fueling lanes. The current station was designed and built by Trillium in 2007 and continues to be maintained by Trillium.
“OCTA has a long history of implementing clean sustainable technology into our fleet. As we look toward the future, it’s important we continue expanding these efforts,” said Cliff Thorne, OCTA’s director of maintenance and motorist services.”What’s critical is ensuring we meet the needs of the agency from an operational perspective and continue delivering high-quality transit service for our riders.”
The project is the result of several groups working together. Air Products will supply and deliver liquid hydrogen on a weekly basis to the facility. The fuel will then be pumped and vaporized into high pressure gas before being dispensed onto buses. The nonprofit Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) is managing the project and secured funds for the project from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) through the California Climate Investments program.
Source: Trillium CNG