Accelerating the Adoption of Low Carbon Transportation Fuels

The transportation sector accounts for 37% of all tracked greenhouse gas emissions1 in California, making this a key focus sector in statewide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The California Energy Commission has aggressively funded the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) through which SERC has received funding for numerous planning and implementation projects over the last four years.

Transportation-countiesSERC is continuing this important work through three more planning and implementation projects funded through ARFVTP in partnership with the Redwood Coast Energy Authority and the Siskiyou County Economic Development Council:

  • The North Coast Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan Implementation Project, which covers Del-Norte, Humboldt, and Trinity Counties. This project will address permitting and code barriers to the installation of electric vehicle charging stations (EVCSs), conduct micro-siting efforts to identify viable locations for EVCSs, and engage in education and outreach efforts.
  • The Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Glenn-Colusa Planning & Upstate Implementation Project, which covers Colusa, Glenn, Siskiyou, Shasta, and Tehama Counties. For this project we will develop a readiness plan for Glenn and Colusa Counties, address permitting and code barriers to the installation of EVCSs, conduct micro-siting efforts to identify viable locations for EVCSs, and engage in education and outreach efforts.
  • The North Coast and Upstate Fuel Cell Readiness Planning Project, which covers Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, and Trinity Counties. This project will develop a readiness plan for the ten county region to prepare for the accelerated deployment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

These projects build upon and expand the geographic reach of past efforts.

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Driving the World’s First Mass-Produced Fuel Cell Vehicle

There’s a new hydrogen vehicle in town: a 2016 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle. SERC will use this state-of-the-art vehicle, on a three-month loan from the Hyundai America Technical Center Station, as an education, outreach, demonstration, and testing tool for zero emission vehicle (ZEV) planning projects in the North State region of California.

These projects, funded by the California Energy Commission, include planning for hydrogen fueling infrastructure, working with local municipalities and key stakeholder groups to facilitate deployment of hydrogen fueling infrastructure and fuel cell vehicles, and conducting public education and outreach activities to promote these efforts.

The vehicle made its North Coast debut last month at the ZEV Ride and Drive Event at the Arcata Community Center. Along with our long-running Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid vehicle, it was used as a shuttle for people attending Arcata’s 42nd Annual North Country Fair.

SERC research engineer Jerome Carman poses in front of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle.

SERC research engineer Jerome Carman poses in front of the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle.

In addition to outreach events, SERC engineers will also collect and analyze driving and fueling data from the HSU Hydrogen Fueling Station to determine the vehicle’s performance under the driving conditions characteristic to our unique geographic and climatic region here in Humboldt County.

To learn more about the vehicle, come to the Sustainable Living Expo on Saturday, October 24 at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. The vehicle will be on display from 10am to 2pm, and SERC engineers will be available to answer questions you may have. Hope to see you there!

HSU Hydrogen Fueling Station Hosts First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Commute from the Bay Area

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Anand Gopal poses with the Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV-adv) that he drove from the Bay Area.

Anand Gopal, research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL) and former Schatz Energy Fellow, and Elizabeth Pimentel-Gopal, former HSU Assistant Director of Admissions, drove from Berkeley to Arcata to visit friends and family over the second weekend of September. Rather than a mundane weekend trip, theirs was a precedent-setting event; their entire trip was powered by hydrogen fuel.

Their trip represents the first time the HSU Hydrogen Fueling Station has been used to fuel a vehicle commuting to and from the Bay Area aside from the vehicles under test at SERC. Filling the Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid vehicle (FCHV-adv) with hydrogen at 700-bar (10,000 psi) gave the vehicle a range of over 285 miles and enabled Anand and Elizabeth to complete their return trip to one of the nearest hydrogen stations (located in Richmond and Emeryville). For Anand the event was especially meaningful. During his time at SERC, the HSU student team that he advised won an international hydrogen energy design competition in 2005, which inspired the development of the HSU hydrogen station.