A new hydrogen (H2) station has opened in Fremont, bringing the total amount of H2 stations in California to 31.

In a statement, California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) said, “We are pleased to announce the Fremont H2 station is now open to the public as a retail station. It is the 31st retail H2 station in California and is operated by FirstElement Fuel.”

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Source: California Fuel Cell Partnership

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

By the end of the year, CaFCP said we will see more stations online and even more in 2018.

In August, the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded more than $16m to 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 hydrogen refuelling network in California.

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.