Project Merit: Transportation


FirstElement Fuel and Air Products and Chemicals for developing a network of 19 hydrogen fueling stations in California, which currently has fewer than a dozen such stations, including both public and private ones. FirstElement Fuel is dedicated to providing customers access to safe, reliable, retail hydrogen fueling to enable the widespread commercial adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles. It has been awarded a $27.6 Million grant from the California Energy Commission as well as financial backing from Toyota. The station’s will use Air Products’ SmartFuel technology, providing hydrogen at 700 bar (10,000 psi) and feature Air Products’ advanced consumer-friendly retail hydrogen fuel dispenser, developed in conjunction with Bennett Pump Co. Separately Air Products, has developed nine hydrogen fueling stations in California with CEC support and is in the process of adding nine more locations. The firm also operates three hydrogen-powered forklift fueling stations in the state. Black & Veatch will perform the engineering, procurement, and construction of the 19 stations.