Cal State L.A.'s on-campus Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility has been certified to sell fuel to the public. The university says its hydrogen station recently passed a California government performance evaluation and can now offer hydrogen by the kilogram to drivers of fuel cell vehicles.
‘This is a milestone in the commercialization of hydrogen in preparation for the next generation of electric vehicles that will be powered by hydrogen,’ comments Michael Dray, technical operations manager at the fueling facility.
Gov. Jerry Brown's office informed the university this month that the fueling facility had received the certification, known as California Type Approval. The state has allocated $200 million during the next decade to further the construction of a hydrogen-fueling network across California.
Opened last May, the tation at Cal State L.A. is capable of using renewable sources, such as solar and wind power, for hydrogen production. The facility provides research data on fueling performance and station operations to the U.S. Department of Energy and National Laboratories, as well as to state agencies such as the California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board.
The university also notes that Audi, Honda, Hyundai, General Motors, Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen have all fueled prototype hydrogen vehicles at its station.