Trillium CNG, Houston-based provider of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fuelling facilities and part of the Love’s Family of Companies, has expanded its services.

The company will design, build and maintain hydrogen (H2) fuelling stations as well as provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure, solar panel installation, and micro grid design and construction. The company will begin construction of its first H2 fuelling station for fuel cell electric buses this summer for the Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA) Santa Ana, California, facility.

Bill Cashmareck, Managing Director of Trillium CNG, said, “While compressed natural gas remains a high priority for Trillium, diversification of customer needs, products and services within the transportation industry is driving our expansion.”

“Each alternative fuelling source has its own set of benefits, and we want to meet the needs of our customers in as many ways as possible,” Cashmareck added.

Trillium will install H2 fuelling at OCTA’s Santa Ana facility, located at 4301 E. MacArthur Blvd. The station will fuel transit buses with approximately 35 kilograms of H2 per bus in 6 to10 minutes simultaneously from two fuelling lanes. OCTA’s H2 bus fleet will comprise of 10 H2 fuel cell electric buses, but the station is built for future growth and will provide the same fuelling performance for a fleet of 50 buses. Infrastructure will be added to OCTA’s existing CNG fuelling lanes. The current station was designed and built by Trillium in 2007 and continues to be maintained by Trillium.

“Each alternative fuelling source has its own set of benefits, and we want to meet the needs of our customers in as many ways as possible.”

Bill Cashmareck, Managing Director of Trillium CNG

“OCTA has a long history of implementing clean sustainable technology into our fleet. As we look toward the future, it’s important we continue expanding these efforts,” said Cliff Thorne, OCTA’s Director of Maintenance and motorist services. “What’s critical is ensuring we meet the needs of the agency from an operational perspective and continue delivering high-quality transit service for our riders.”

The project is the result of several groups working together. Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. will supply and deliver liquid H2, a cryogenic liquid fuel, on a weekly basis to the facility. The fuel will then be pumped and vaporized into high pressure gas before being dispensed onto buses. The Centre for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) a non-profit that advocates for clean, sustainable, innovative transportation and energy technologies, is managing the project. CTE secured funds for the project from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) through the California Climate Investments programme, a state-wide programme that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment.

“California is proud to be on the forefront of the fight for clean air,” said Steve Cliff, CARB Deputy Executive Officer. “Funds from the state’s landmark cap-and-trade programme help forward-looking transit agencies like OCTA secure clean energy such as H2 to modernise and transform their fleets, enabling them to meet both our climate and air quality goals.”

Trillium has plans to introduce electric vehicle charging stations for its customers and at select Love’s Travel Stops locations later this year.