The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded $7.3 million to Shell Hydrogen to support hydrogen stations network in California. If it succeeds in securing full funding, Shell Hydrogen will deploy hydrogen refuelling equipment at its 48 existing retail stations.
The new hydrogen refuelling stations will be accompanied by nine Shell hydrogen sites in the state, seven of which started from a previous CEC award in 2017. The extended network leads to market growth for hydrogen fuel cells technologies and the rise in the number of hydrogen refuelling plants.
General manager for Shell Hydrogen Oliver Bishop said: “Innovations in California policy, including infrastructure capacity crediting in the Low Carbon Fuels Standard and a multi-year structure in grant funding, enable us to deliver this station development program and decarbonise hydrogen to near-zero or below”.
The hydrogen refuelling station infrastructure is crucial to support the growth of hydrogen in the transport sector.
Meanwhile, Toyota and Honda also agreed to increase sales of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) in California which will support Shell Hydrogen stations.