- 40.8 million award proposed by the California Energy Commission to help build out hydrogen infrastructure at 51 sites
SAN FRANCISCO — On September 4, 2020, the California Energy Commission (CEC) posted a Notice of Proposed Award outlining subsidies to support hydrogen refueling infrastructure in California.
Equilon Enterprises LLC (d/b/a Shell Oil Products US), hereafter referred to as Shell Hydrogen, participated as an applicant in the related Grant Funding Opportunity (GFO) and was awarded $40.8 million, subject to formal approval at a future CEC Business Meeting. If successful, Shell Hydrogen will install hydrogen refueling equipment at 48 existing Shell retail stations, upgrade two current Shell Hydrogen stations and add light-duty fueling dispensers and positions at one existing Shell Hydrogen heavy-duty truck station. Further, Toyota and Honda have agreed to expand Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) sales in California in support of these Shell Hydrogen stations.
The intended new stations join nine Shell hydrogen locations in the state, seven of which originated through a previous CEC award in 2017. The expanded network expedites and increases the number of hydrogen refueling stations in support of growing the market for FCEVs, significantly reducing emissions from the transport sector, and providing customers with convenient and reliable access to cost-competitive fuel for a compelling value proposition.
Shell Hydrogen is helping to build the infrastructure needed for hydrogen to grow as a transport fuel. For example, we are part of joint ventures and alliances that have built hydrogen filling stations for passenger cars in the USA (California), Canada, Germany and the UK and announced plans to build several stations in the Netherlands. In California, Shell is also developing filling stations for hydrogen trucks, in co-operation with Toyota, Kenworth, the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. In 2020, Shell announced plans to be part of a consortium that aims to build the largest European green hydrogen project capable of producing 800,000 tonnes of green hydrogen in the Netherlands by 2040. If given the go-ahead, NortH2 will be powered by electricity generated by an offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Green hydrogen, produced through electrolysis using renewable power such as wind and solar, is a key priority area for the European Green Deal. Shell helped with the launch of The Hydrogen Council, a global coalition of companies working to raise the profile of hydrogen’s role in the transition to a lower-carbon energy system.
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