The California Energy Commission (CEC) will award up to $29.9 million to projects to develop hydrogen refueling infrastructure in California (PON-13-607).
The solicitation has two goals: 1) to develop infrastructure necessary to dispense hydrogen transportation fuel; and 2) to provide needed Operation and Maintenance (O&M) funding to support hydrogen refueling operations prior to the large—scale roll—out of Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs). CEC will provide funding to construct, to upgrade, or to support hydrogen refueling stations that expand the network of publicly accessible hydrogen refueling stations to serve the current population of FCVs and accommodate the planned large—scale roll—out of FCVs beginning in 2015.
All projects funded under this solicitation must support the future deployment of FCVs and hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicles (HICEVs). The CEC expects that projects funded under this solicitation will create an initial foundation of a statewide infrastructure network that will encourage greater FCV adoption among consumers and facilitate other hydrogen fuel providers to enter this emerging market.
The solicitation has five separate funding categories:
O&M Support Grants Competition
100% Renewable Hydrogen Refueling Station Competition
Mobile Refueler Competition
Station Location Area Competition
Unassigned Station Competition
O&M Support Grants is a first-come, first-served grant solicitation. Applicants/projects meeting the minimum eligibility criteria for operation and maintenance support grants will be recommended for funding. O&M Support Grants to the minimum technical requirements of the other categories. Basic technical requirements are:
Hydrogen quality. Hydrogen dispensed at the station(s) shall meet the requirements in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International J2719: 2011, “Hydrogen Fuel Quality for Fuel Cell Vehicles”. The hydrogen refueling stations must undergo and pass the hydrogen purity test to become considered to be operational and tested every 6 months and when the hydrogen lines are potentially exposed to contamination due to maintenance or other activity.
Fueling protocols. The station(s)/dispenser(s) are to meet SAE International Technical Information Report (TIR) J2601: 2010, “Fueling Protocols for Light Duty Gaseous Hydrogen Surface” (general requirements and operating conditions for fuel cell vehicles) until which time the SAE International SAE J2601 Standard is published. Thereafter, the station(s)/dispenser(s) shall meet the requirements of the standard.
Stations are to have communications available for H70 fueling according to the SAE J2799 Standard. Should the SAE International J2601 Standard not be available, the station(s)/dispensers(s) need to be capable of providing SAE TIR J2799: 2007, “70 MPa Compressed Hydrogen Surface Vehicle Fueling Connection Device and Optional Vehicle to Station Communications”.”
If available, the station(s)/dispenser(s) should use the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Hydrogen Gas Vehicle (HGV) 4.3 (CSA HGV 4.3: 2012), Test Methods for Hydrogen Fueling Parameter Evaluation and the “related devices” as a test method and equipment specification to confirm that the performance of a station/fuel dispenser is consistent with the provisions in the SAE International Fueling Protocol standard. The use of an equivalent testing method and device is acceptable if the supporting narrative fully describes the method and device.
Minimum station daily fueling capacity. Each station shall have a minimum average daily fueling capacity of no less than 100kg. The average daily station capacity (kg/day) shall be the total kg of hydrogen that can be delivered to a 7 kg-capacity fuel cell vehicle according to the SAE J2601, over a 12 hour period. Applicants are strongly encouraged to propose projects that exceed the minimum station daily fueling capacity.
Minimum peak fueling capacity. The station(s)/dispenser(s) are to be capable of meeting or exceeding the following peak fueling capacity requirements:
Three 7-kg T40 fills per hour according to SAE International J2601. The T40 nomenclature is from the proposed, draft SAE International J2601 standard. Should the SAE International standard not be available, the station(s)/dispenser(s) is to be capable of providing three 7-kg Type A for 70 MPa fills per hour, according to Technical Information Report (TIR) SAE J2601: 2010.
Station(s)/dispenser(s) must provide dual dispenser pressures. The station(s)/dispenser(s) shall also be capable of providing three T20 fills per hour. The T20 nomenclature is included in the proposed SAE International J2601 standard. Should the SAE International standard not be available, the station(s)/dispenser(s) shall be capable of three 7-kg Type B for 35 MPa fills per hour, according to TIR SAE J2601: 2010.
The station(s)/dispenser(s) requirement for minimum peak fueling capacity is not six fuel cell vehicle fills in one hour. The requirement is for three fills per hour, regardless of the type of fill, T40 or T20. The station(s)/dispenser(s) shall be able to fuel three vehicles in accordance with SAE International J2601 in a single one-hour period, back-to-back, without the vehicle user having to wait for the station to recharge.
CEC is strongly encouraging applicants to propose projects that exceed the minimum peak fueling capacity requirements; applications exceeding these minimum requirements will score higher.
Fire and safety awareness, prioritization, and adherence. To the extent practicable and with consideration of local ordinances, applicants should use as a guideline for hydrogen refueling station design National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2: Hydrogen Technologies Code.
Dual pressure dispenser. Each hydrogen refueling station must be able to dispense fuel at both 700 bar and 350 bar and provide T40 and T20 according to SAE International J2601.
Hydrogen dispensing. Hydrogen dispenser performance specifications must satisfy NIST Handbook 44: 2013, unless superseded by California Department of Agriculture (CDFA), Division of Measurement Standards Rulemaking: California Code of Regulations (CCR) 3.39 “Hydrogen Gas-Measuring Devices—Tentative Code”.
Station design requirements. Hydrogen refueling stations must be designed to allow the hydrogen refueling station to accept delivery of hydrogen fuel from a mobile refueler or hydrogen tube trailer if on-site hydrogen production goes off-line.
Renewable Hydrogen Requirements. All applicants, with the exception of those competing under the Mobile Refueler Competition, must provide a plan for dispensing at least 33% renewable hydrogen. (Applicants competing under the 100% Renewable Hydrogen Competition must provide a plan for dispensing 100% renewable hydrogen.)
Eligible renewable feedstocks include biomethane or biogas (e.g., biomass, digester gas, landfill gas, sewer gas, or municipal solid waste gas). Other feedstocks may be eligible if the application demonstrates that the proposed feedstock is sustainably produced, reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to the petroleum baseline, and achieves defined sustainability goals.
Eligible renewable electricity sources include facilities that use fuel cells using renewable fuels; geothermal; small hydroelectric (30 megawatts or less); ocean wave; ocean thermal; tidal current; photovoltaic (PV); solar thermal; wind; biomass digester gas; municipal solid waste conversion (non-combustion thermal process); landfill gas; and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).
CEC is holding one Pre-Application Workshop on 6 December.