DOE awarding ~$4.75M to San Francisco and Strategic Analysis for hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and infrastructure projects
The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has selected the city of San Francisco for funding as the first Climate Action Champion to pursue hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for local transportation. (Earlier post.) In addition, new analysis projects by Strategic Analysis, Inc. focused on hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and infrastructure technologies will receive funding.
The nearly $4.75 million in funding for both efforts will go towards the development of education and outreach programs to increase the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen infrastructure, as well as provide detailed cost analyses for hydrogen fuel cell systems, hydrogen storage, and hydrogen production and delivery technologies.
The selections were announced at a meeting of the Steering Committee of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy—a government partnership of 17 countries and the European Commission coordinating activities in hydrogen and fuel cells—in Berkeley, California by Deputy Assistant Secretary Reuben Sarkar.
In the DOE-supported project, San Francisco aims to enroll at least three local businesses into an FCEV group purchase program, exploring opportunities for discount pricing and offering information about local, state and federal incentives. By pooling the purchasing power of groups, the project will reduce cost and complexity for consumers.
With the new funding, the San Francisco Department of the Environment will also conduct comprehensive training and educational activities for hydrogen and fuel cell stakeholders throughout the Bay Area.
While 14 new hydrogen-fueling stations are planned for deployment in the Bay Area within the next two years, high upfront costs and lack of consumer education can be additional barriers to adoption. As San Francisco works to triple California’s zero emissions vehicles (ZEV) adoption goal and have 15% ZEV (including a high percentage of FCEVs) in San Francisco by 2025, local governments engaged in the rollout of new stations are addressing a range of permitting, code and communication barriers.
A key goal of this project is to harmonize local regulations and building codes to ease the siting and construction of hydrogen fueling stations while reducing the cost and complexity of FCEVs for the community through regional education and outreach.
In addition, Strategic Analysis, Inc. based in Arlington, Virginia, has been selected to analyze the cost competitiveness for a range of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, including those used in hydrogen infrastructure relevant to San Francisco and other projects.
These cost analyses and evaluations are critical components to move the industry of hydrogen and fuel cell technology development towards widespread commercial deployment.
Project partners include the San Francisco Clean Cities Coalition, the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the Business Council on Climate Change, and the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at UC Berkeley.
In December of 2014, the White House launched the Climate Action Champions Initiative, and announced 16 communities from around the country, including the city of San Francisco, as the first class of Climate Action Champions. These communities were recognized for their strong commitment to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and the fight against climate change.