When it comes to hydrogen fueling and H2 transportation, the typical scenario is that one company will build the hydrogen auto while another company such as an oil or specialty gas company will put up the hydrogen fueling station. Hydrogenics is one of the rare exceptions that does both.
Hydrogenics has just delivered another fuel-cell powered Midibus to a hospital in Hamburg, Germany. The owner of the hydrogen Midibus, Klinik Logistic Eppendorf GmbH, now owns 11 such vehicles.
According to Hydrogenics President and CEO, Daryl Wilson, “The Hydrogenics Midibus continues to gain traction across the continent as local governments come to view it as an appropriate solution for urban, emission-sensitive environments. With eleven such buses now delivered and in use, Hydrogenics has validated its unique fuel cell applications and energy-efficient mobility design with a high degree of reliability, paving the way for future awards. Europe clearly plays a large role in clean transportation solutions, and we are well positioned for further growth there.”
So, while Hydrogenics is aiding Germany in its ambitions of serial production of hydrogen autos and a supporting hydrogen highway system by 2015, by building Midibuses for that country, it is also setting up hydrogen fueling stations in California.
In fact, Los Angeles, in the near future will receive one of Hydrogenics HySTAT-30 electrolyzers for refueling hydrogen autos in that region. Hydrogenics supplied the electrolyzer for the Shell hydrogen fueling pump that opened about 1 ½ years ago on Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles.
There is no word yet as to the location for this additional Hydrogenics hydrogen fueling pump in the Los Angeles area. Unlike some of the hydrogen fueling stations that have been build, Shell oil decided to incorporate a Hydrogenics pump into a busy existing station, both normalizing the presence of hydrogen pumps and cutting down costs of building an whole new structure devoted solely to hydrogen.