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Shell provides free hydrogen in Newport Beach
Transportation, Aug 03 2012 (The Hydrogen Journal)
- Shell is providing hydrogen free of charge from its fuelling station in Newport Beach, near Los Angeles.
However with just 200 hydrogen vehicles operating in California, Shell can get a good sense of the maximum hydrogen demand.
The highest estimates are 50,000 fuel cell vehicles to be in operation in California five years from now, according to Catherine Dunwoody, executive director of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, quoted in the Los Angeles times.
The station will also supply nitrogen enriched gasoline and will be open 24 hours a day. Shell expects 10 to 12 hydrogen drivers to fill their tanks a day.
"Demonstration hydrogen filling stations allow us to evaluate a range of different technologies and learn valuable lessons about costs, consumer behaviour and how to dispense it efficiently to different vehicles," said Matias Sanchez Cane, North America Commercial Manager for Shell Alternative Energies.
"To reduce costs and achieve its commercial potential, hydrogen requires considerable cooperation between fuel providers, car makers, equipment suppliers and governments.’’
“We commend Shell for stepping up to the plate on hydrogen fuelling,” said California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols.
“We look forward to working with Shell and other oil companies to continue to develop and provide low-carbon fuels for the cleanest cars on our roads now, and in the future.”
According to the Los Angeles times, there are currently legal restrictions on selling hydrogen, which means that it is easier to make it free.
The California Division of Measurement Standards is waiting for state lawmakers to give it authorisation to regulate sales of hydrogen fuel by the kilogram.