As part of today being National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, Linde North America has opened its second California-based hydrogen fuelling station – with five more set to follow in the next year.

The new station opened for business can be located at the San Juan Capistrano Gas and Auto Services, on Junipero Serra Road in San Juan Capistrano.

“This newly operational fuelling station follows the one we opened at the Ramos Oil Company station in West Sacramento earlier this year,” said Mike Beckman, Vice President of Hydrogen Fuelling for Linde North America, Inc. “The San Juan Capistrano station is our first station in Southern California. We expect to open another five stations in California during the next year, starting in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Beckman points out, “Our timing on achieving operational status at the San Juan Capistrano station is really no coincidence. We wanted to emphasise the significance of the US Senate resolution proclaiming October 8, 2015 as National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. The resolution acknowledges the excellent progress hydrogen fuel cells have made to ’address our most pressing energy, environmental, and economic issues.”

Along with funding from the California Energy Commission, Linde also received support from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), as supporting zero-emission vehicles helps to achieve the region’s goals of reducing harmful emissions.

At the heart of the hydrogen fueling system is the Linde IC 90 ionic compressor – the next generation of hydrogen compression technology, which enables higher throughput and enhanced back to back fueling.

“We are really pleased that Linde brought this exciting technology to us and very excited to help create the infrastructure necessary to prove that hydrogen has a place in the transportation fuel mix,” said John Adam, owner of the San Juan Capistrano service station. “We have been serving this market since 1987 and this is one of the most exciting projects we’ve been involved in.”

It is anticipated that by the end of 2015, there will be a network of approximately 30 hydrogen fueling stations operating throughout California, with more coming the following year, providing a significant infrastructure for hydrogen fuel cell cars. Conservative industry estimates call for over 34,000 hydrogen powered cars to be on the road in California by 2021, with a significant growth curve from there.