California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) has announced that the Torrance Shell hydrogen (H2) station has been upgraded and is now open to the public.

The new facility is the only H2 station in the United Sates, and one of the few in the world, to be fed by a H2 pipeline.

The upgrade was funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management. Upgrade activities were undertaken by station operator Shell.

Supported fuel pressures are 35 and 70 MPa; both are currently online. Renewable H2 accounts for 33% of the H2 dispensed there.

The station is the 30th retail H2 station in California.

Earlier this month, the CEC awarded more than $16m Houston, Texas-based Equilon Enterprises LLC, which does business as Shell Oil Products US, to develop seven new 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 H2 refuelling network in California.

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

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Torrance, California, hydrogen station

Source: California Fuel Cell Partnership