The California Energy Commission’s announcement that it will fund 28 hydrogen stations demonstrates California’s continued national and global leadership in the fight against climate change and to protect clean, healthy air.
When approved, this funding cycle will result in 55 hydrogen stations in a robust network throughout early market communities along with connector and destination locations. This changes the game, making it convenient for customers to drive fuel cell electric vehicles and enabling automakers to successfully launch the consumer market.
What is noteworthy, but has gone unnoticed by many, is California’s progress in reducing emissions associated with the production of hydrogen. Currently, most hydrogen is made from natural gas. While this process has a carbon footprint, it is less than half the footprint of gasoline.
California is committed to renewable hydrogen, which includes electrolyzing water using solar or wind, or extracting hydrogen from biomass, such as sewage. Thirty-three percent of the hydrogen sold as transportation fuel will come from renewable hydrogen.
Many stakeholders, include the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board, automakers and others, are working to bring a new generation of vehicle technology that will transform our transportation energy system, and improve our climate and the air we breathe. Yesterday’s announcement is a result of their cooperation and collaboration.