McPhy Energy has announced it will supply a hydrogen generator as part of the construction of a hydrogen refuelling station in Woolside, California.

McPhy Energy, which is a specialist in hydrogen production and storage equipment for industry and energy markets, is part of a consortium led by HTEC Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporations, a leading developer of hydrogen fuelling infrastructure based in Vancouver, Canada, that received a Notice of Proposed Award (NOPA) from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for (US) $2,125,000 to supply a public hydrogen refuelling station in Woodside, California. 

The NOPA from the CEC comes as part of PON 13-607, the second solicitation in a 10 year, (US) $200m programme to deploy refuelling stations across California to support the roll out of zero emission hydrogen vehicles.

McPhy Energy will collaborate in the development of the HTEC refuelling station by providing an electrolyser which will produce green hydrogen fuel using renewable electricity. The station, which will incorporate Powertech’s innovative station and dispenser design, is planned to be operational at the end of the summer next year. It will be capable of fuelling over 25 hydrogen vehicles per day and easily expand as demand grows. Fills will take 3-5 minutes to provide the cars enough fuel to travel over 300 miles (480kms).

“The Woodside Hydrogen Energy Centre Project is the first step in our exciting HiSAM (Hydrogen Infrastructure, Support and Marketing) initiative that will develop sustainable hydrogen fuelling infrastructure and support the introduction of fuel cell vehicles to the American public,” said Colin Armstrong - President of HTEC.

Woodside is a small community between San Francisco and Silicon Valley best known for being the home of Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison and other tech icons, and a target community for Toyota, Hyundai, Daimler and Honda for early adopters of hydrogen and fuel cell powered electric vehicles they have started to promote into mainstream markets.

“After a collaboration with Total in supplying our first hydrogen generator installed in a hydrogen refuelling station, near Berlin-Schönefeld airport in Germany, we are very glad to gain a foothold in the raising Californian hydrogen mobility market, thanks to our partner HTEC. This is the continuation of our strategy and we are proud to take part in this project with partners that share the same philosophy of contributing to zero emission mobility worldwide,” said Pascal Mauberger - President and CEO of McPhy Energy.

The HTEC consortium also includes Powertech Labs and Sacre-Davey Engineering from British Columbia, Canada and Boyd Hydrogen, West Coast Cryogenic Services, Owens Electric and Solar of California, USA.