U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Weatherization & Intergovernmental Program
DOE Project Leads to New Hydrogen Fueling Station in California
February 18, 2005
ChevronTexaco opened its first hydrogen fueling station in Chino,
California, on February 18th, joined by Assistant Secretary of Energy
David Garman and representatives of Hyundai-Kia and UTC Fuel Cells.
The station is a major part of the DOE's Hydrogen "Learning
Demonstration," which brings together automobile makers and energy
companies to test fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen fueling systems in
real-world conditions. Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage SUVs, powered
by fuel cells manufactured by UTC Fuel Cells, will operate throughout
Southern California and refuel at the ChevronTexaco hydrogen station.
The hydrogen is produced on-site from natural gas, but the station
will also have the future capability to convert other renewable fuel
sources, such as ethanol, into hydrogen for refueling fuel cell
"On a day-to-day basis, [these projects] will give our researchers and
scientists on-the-road experience with hydrogen fuel vehicles and
demonstrate what we need to do to make these technologies even
better," said Assistant Secretary Garman. "By doing so, it is our hope
that these clean, zero-emission vehicles will become as common as the
cars we know today." See the press releases from DOE,
ChevronTexaco, and Hyundai.
While the Chino project is part of President Bush's Hydrogen Fuel
Initiative, his brother—Florida Governor Jeb Bush—has his own
hydrogen energy initiative, called "H2 Florida." On February 17th,
Governor Bush attended the groundbreaking in Orlando for another
ChevronTexaco hydrogen fueling station, which will be Florida's first,
and announced plans for new legislation to move the H2 Florida
initiative forward. Under the proposed Hydrogen Energy Technologies
Act, Florida will set aside $12.9 million to test and demonstrate the
cutting-edge hydrogen technology and provide $2.1 million in new tax
incentives for businesses that invest in hydrogen technologies.
Participants in the groundbreaking included Ford Motor Company and
Progress Energy. See the press releases from the Florida Energy Office
and Progress Energy.