The California South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) has issued a request for proposals for an operator for the hydrogen filling station in Burbank, California.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) originally contracted BP to install a hydrogen station in Burbank. That project ended and the title to the station was transferred to the City of Burbank. However, the City of Burbank does not have the funds to continue the operation and maintenance of this facility.
The current hydrogen fueling facility uses a steam methane reformer to produce hydrogen. The station was designed, constructed and operated under contract and funded by BP and the US-DOE Daimler-Chrysler (DCX) Hydrogen to the Highways Program. The hydrogen fueling facility is capable of storing and dispensing approximately 108 kg of hydrogen per day for use in fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen-ICE vehicles. The station is located at the City of Burbank Public Works Yard located at 124 S. Lake Street, Burbank, California.
The hydrogen fueling facility consists primarily of a steam methane reformer (SMR), a hydrogen storage system, vehicle dispensing apparatus for both 350 bar and 700 bar, and necessary associated equipment. The hydrogen fueling facility has been operating with the SMR for approximately one year.
The City of Burbank has asked for funding assistance from the AQMD, CARB, DOE and the CEC, which could result in a combined $1 million. Fueling at that site is needed to support the existing hydrogen Prius fleet and the CARB-sponsored hybrid electric fuel cell bus, which was delivered in January 2010, as well as other fuel cell vehicles operating in the area.
Applicants will have to be able to provide the following minimum services:
- Maintain safety monitoring
- Continued monthly maintenance
- Continue station operation on behalf of the City of Burbank
- Provide for emergency fueling during station outages
- Provide 24-hour auto-dialing “Help Phone” at the fueling dispenser area
- Train staff in the proper use of the fueling dispenser, card-lock system and vehicle fueling procedures
- Repair unsafe or inoperable equipment or parts of the fueling system as needed
- Provide detailed vehicle fueling reports (paper and electronic)
- Provide total station monthly summary reports (paper and electronic)
- Meet SB 1505 requirements
SB 1505. Senate Bill 1505 (Lowenthal) was signed into law in September 2006. The bill sets complete life-cycle emissions standards for hydrogen used for transportation in the state in order to ensure emissions are reduced.
Applicants must demonstrate a plan to comply with the renewable energy requirements of SB 1505 since state funding is anticipated for this project. One strategy is for applicants to purchase biogas from a landfill or anaerobic digester, purify the gas to pipeline specifications and then inject this renewable gas into the pipeline.
Applicants will have to show a physical pathway for the biogas through relevant commercial and transfer of ownership documentation. This documentation will show that the source biogas could be transported from the production point to the hydrogen plant in California (i.e. a physical pathway exists).
In addition, applicants must have proper documentation and certification that the biogas produced is renewable, including a description of how the biogas is produced; that the applicant purchased the renewable attributes of the biogas; and that they are applying the renewable attributes to the natural gas used to produce the hydrogen.
Neither the City of Burbank nor the successful applicant will at any time have ownership of the biogas molecules. However, the applicant will have a certified document that shows they own the renewable attributes of the biogas, and those attributes are being used solely by the applicant on an energy equivalent basis for the hydrogen they provide for vehicle fueling applications. Applicants are welcome to include other strategies to comply with SB 1505.
Prospective contractors should have at a minimum a thorough and in-depth understanding of the types of equipment described above, have an ongoing interaction with vehicle manufacturers of hydrogen fueled vehicles, a thorough and comprehensive understanding of hydrogen fueling operations and equipment and a thorough and comprehensive background in the maintenance of such equipment.