The Linde Group is rolling out its own network of hydrogen (H2) stations throughout California to support its sponsorship of this year’s Shell Eco-marathon contest.

The new stations are currently located, or will soon be open, in Emeryville, Mountainview, Oakland, San Juan Capistrano, San Ramos, and West Sacramento.

These new sites will serve Linde’s offering at the Shell Eco-marathon, where the Tier One player has been named as the exclusive supplier of H2 for fuel cell based entries.

Many of the technologies on display at the Eco-marathon are in early stages of development, but H2 utilisation already is a tangible reality

The 2016 competition, which challenges students to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient vehicle, marks the German corporation’s sixth consecutive participation in the event series.

Mike Beckman, Vice-President of Key Customers and Hydrogen Fuelling, outlined, “Many of the technologies on display at the Eco-marathon are in early stages of development, but H2 utilisation already is a tangible reality. At Linde, we’re confident that what we’re seeing today is simply the tip of the iceberg.”

The American leg of the Shell Eco-marathon took place from 22nd-24th April in Detroit, Michigan, with the European leg set for 30th June in London, UK.

California has been the driving force behind the US H2 revolution in recent years, with these new sites reinforcing its position in the market.