California Energy Commission soliciting proposals for $18.7M in awards to develop hydrogen fueling infrastructure
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has issed a competitive grant solicitation (PON-11-609) for projects to develop the infrastructure necessary to dispense hydrogen transportation fuel. The goal of this solicitation is to provide grant funds to projects which expand the network of public retail and public-private fleet-based hydrogen fueling stations to serve the current population of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) and to accommodate the planned large-scale roll-out of FCVs commencing in 2015.
The total funding available for grants awarded pursuant to this solicitation is $18.7 million (comprising $10.2 million from the 2010-11 Investment Plan and $8.5 million from 2011-12 Investment Plan).
Projects that upgrade existing public and private hydrogen fueling stations are also eligible for funding under this solicitation.
Applications must correspond to and support FCV manufacturers’ deployment of FCVs and hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicles (HICEV) in identified “early-adoption” clusters in California. Alternatively, successful projects may establish hydrogen fueling stations where FCV or HICEV populations are sufficient.
To be eligible under this solicitation, projects must be located in California and include at least one of the following activities:
Installation of new retail or fleet hydrogen dispensing stations and equipment.
Upgrade/refurbishment of existing hydrogen dispensing stations and equipment.
Installation of hydrogen dispensing equipment at a multi-fill station. (A multi-fill station is a station which has dispensers for more than one alternative fuel.)
Installation or upgrade of fill systems to supply hydrogen to fueling stations such as specialized trailers or installations to connect a station to a nearby hydrogen pipeline.
Installation of equipment for onsite production of renewable hydrogen fuel that is in excess of what is needed to comply with SB 1505.
CEC is encouraging applicants to coordinate their project activities with the upcoming Department of Energy (DOE) hydrogen infrastructure solicitation for advanced fueling technologies, which is anticipated to be released in the first quarter of 2012.
Stations must have a minimum 100 kg per day nominal capacity with 20 kg per hour peak fueling capacity to be eligible.
CEC will hold an application workshop on 22 February; the deadline for submissions is 15 March.