The first hydrogen (H2) truck refuelling station in California is another step closer to realisation after being awarded $8m by the California Energy Commission (CEC).
Shell Oil subsidiary Equilon Enterprises LLC and Toyota have been provisionally awarded $8m by the CEC to develop the station at the Port of Long Beach.
The funding, which is contingent upon the approval of the project at an upcoming CEC meeting, forms part of the CEC’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which helps develop H2 and electric infrastructure at ports, warehousing and distribution centres in California.
Shell and Toyota expect the facility to encourage the use of zero-emission H2 fuel cell electric trucks in and around Long Beach, one of the world’s largest freight hubs.
“This station will help the H2-fuelled freight sector to flourish in California,” said Oliver Bishop, H2 General Manager at Shell. “H2 offers a promising path for decarbonising transport, particularly the heavy-duty sector where there are few alternatives to conventional fuel. Shell and Toyota will combine their expertise to deliver an effective alternative fuel for Californian freight.”
If approved, Shell will build, own and operate a H2 station at the Toyota Logistics Services location at the Port of Long Beach, fuelling Toyota’s Project Portal heavy-duty fuel cell proof of concept truck and public fleets.
“We greatly appreciate the CEC for recognising the importance of this breakthrough project at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles,” said Craig Scott, director Advanced Technology Vehicles, Toyota Motor North America. “Toyota continues to demonstrate that fuel cells are one of the most innovative and sustainable technologies for light and heavy-duty vehicle electrification. This initiative with Shell further strengthens our combined commitment to hydrogen as a viable transport fuel and complements our retail station project in Northern California.”
Shell will source its hydrogen from Toyota’s adjacent Tri-Gen facility, which produces H2 from 100% renewable bio-gas.