The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded more than $16m to Houston, Texas-based Equilon Enterprises LLC, which does business as Shell Oil Products US, to develop seven new hydrogen (H2) stations in Northern California.

According to the energy commission, three will be located in San Francisco, one in Walnut Creek, one in Berkeley and two in the Sacramento region. The stations will help expand the hydrogen refuelling network in California.

With the announcement, CEC has funded 60 stations statewide, with 29 currently in operation.

Back in 2014, it was revealed the California legislature had authorised CEC to spend $20m per year over the next ten years to build up to 100 stations, in order advance the commercialisation of fuel cell cars.

In August 2014, the CEC awarded $4.3m to Linde North America to construct stations at Oakland International Airport and on Toyota owned property in San Ramon, California.

The grants, made through CEC’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, were made to eight applicants and added 13 new hydrogen fueling locations in Northern California and 15 in Southern California, strategically located to create a refueling network along major corridors and in regional centers.