Marking the end of construction at the hydrogen station in La Cañada Flintridge, California, a small group of stakeholders and fuel cell electric vehicle drivers joined David Friedman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and Sunita Satyapal, Director, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, to unveil the FirstElement Fuel's TrueZero dispenser on November 18.
Friedman pointed out that much of the technology in this and other hydrogen stations was developed in conjunction with DOE and national labs support.
Shane Stephens and Tim Brown, the founders of FirstElement Fuels, were introduced to hydrogen and fuel cells through projects at the University of California, Irvine that were funded in part by the DOE. Stephens told Friedman that this early exposure led to them starting a company that employs more than a dozen people and has created scores of design and construction jobs.
He added that "it's a fine example of how EERE's R&D funding extends beyond cost reduction and technology improvements." Representatives from the California Energy Commission, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and La Cañada Flintridge city officials also attended the event.