Hydrogen Fueling Stations Now Operating or Planned in 15 States
May 31, 2006
More than 50 hydrogen fueling stations are now operating or planned in 15 states and the District of Columbia, according to the National Hydrogen Association (NHA). The NHA has created a new online database of hydrogen fueling stations, which lists 32 operational fueling stations and 19 on the drawing boards. Of the operating stations, 21 are private and 9 are available to the public, and nearly all are stationary. The private facilities generally serve transit agencies or public or private fleets; most of the planned facilities will be private. California is a strong leader among the states, with 16 hydrogen fueling stations in operation and another 12 planned. The other states with hydrogen fueling stations either planned or operating are Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. See the NHA Hydrogen Fueling Stations online database.
California is planning to extend its lead, as the state's Air Resources Board (ARB) is offering $3.75 million to help establish three publicly available hydrogen fueling stations. The stations must start operating by the end of 2007 and continue operating at least through 2009. Bids are due on June 2nd. Meanwhile, DOE fulfilled its promise to release requests for proposals for basic research for the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative by the end of April. The DOE solicitations were posted on the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences Web site on April 20th, and responses are due by July 6th. See the DOE solicitations and the ARB solicitation on the California State Contracts Register Web site.